Chief Minister of the Northern Territory
Territory’s views heard at National Cabinet
9 December 2022
Today the Chief Minister took part in National Cabinet virtually to express the views of all Territorians.
High on the agenda was the issue of power of prices, along with discussions regarding health and disaster recovery.
Here in the Territory we are in a good position. We have government owned corporations – meaning our power prices will not go above CPI. Assisting Territorians with the cost of living is the Territory Governments main objective, this is why power is already subsided by $120 million.
Today, it was discussed that the Federal Government will be providing $1.5 billion through the Energy Price Relief Plan that will provide targeted relief to jurisdictions and consumers.
National Cabinet also decided that the Commonwealth will contribute $100 million towards primary care models which will reduce pressures on hospital emergency departments.
Emergency resilience was also discussed, where it was decided that each jurisdiction will work on disaster and climate risk planning to protect Australians from extreme weather events.
Quotes from Chief Minister, Natasha Fyles:
“Today at National Cabinet we discussed a wide range of topics which will bring positive outcomes for Territorians. This includes funding to ease hospital pressures, and more planning to minimise emergency weather impacts.
“The Territory Labor Government is focused on economic growth to provide jobs for Territorians and ease the cost of living pressures, this is why we already provide a community service obligation of $120 million which in turn creates cheaper power prices for Territorians.
“Here in the Territory we are not facing the same power prices issues as other States and Territories because we have Government owned Corporations, which the CLP would have sold.”
Northern Territory Government