Gunner Government’s Reconstruction Commission follows Opposition lead on plan for economic recovery It’s clear the Gunner Labor Government has no plan to lead the Territory’s economic recovery with it outsourcing its Cabinet responsibility to the Reconstruction Commission, which has handed down an interim report full of future Country Liberal Government plans, Opposition Leader Lia Finocchiaro said today. “The Gunner Government has nothing of its own to offer. Less than five weeks from the election, it is frantically trying to create some illusion of credibility in managing the economy,” Mrs Finocchiaro said. “The Gunner Labor Government’s talk on the economy is just hollow words and cold comfort for Territorians. It’s not credible that at the 11th hour of this term of Government, the Chief Minister will start acting to fix the economy. Business and workers have suffered under this Government for four long years as it has trashed the economy and blown our budget. The COVID-19 crisis has just added more pain. “It’s bad enough that the Chief Minister outsourced the critical job of rebuilding the economy to the Reconstruction Commission, but the time to act is now. The Commission will not deliver a final report until November, four long months away. In today’s interim report, the Commission has effectively endorsed a range of future Country Liberal Government initiatives to be implemented.” The Gunner Labor Government has accepted the recommendations of the Reconstruction Commission, many of which are starkly similar to the CLP’s plans to:
Have the Utilities Commission conduct a cost benefit analysis of linking intra-Territory electricity grids, as well as connecting to the East Coast electricity market.
Slash approval time frames by 50 per cent through an Approvals Fast-Track Taskforce and facilitate large scale projects through the statutory Office of the Territory Coordinator.
Drive development of the Beetaloo Basin gas development and development of hydrogen.
Fast-track a manufacturing precinct at Middle Arm and establish a range of different industries, including minerals processing.
Establish a large scale water infrastructure project to support industry and allow the Territory to grow.
Refocus the Public Service.
“Territorians can’t trust the Gunner Labor Government to create jobs, grow our economy or fix the budget,” Mrs Finocchiaro concluded.
"Only together can we build a better Territory for you and your family.”
- LIA FINOCCHIARO MLA, Leader of the Country Liberal Party and member for Spillett