People Continue To Leave The Territory

People Continue To Leave The Territory

Northern Territory Shadow Treasurer Willem Westra van Holthe

The Cost Of Leaving

Victor P Taffa

The Northern Territory Interstate Exodus continues, with 168 more people leaving than arriving here during the June Quarter.

Shadow Treasurer, Willem Westra van Holthe, said it’s the third consecutive Quarter there has been a net negative interstate migration outcome from the Territory.


In the 2009 December Quarter, 332 more people left than moved here and in the March Quarter the difference was 375.

“That means since September last year, 875 more people have left the Territory than arrived here from interstate.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.

“This is a direct result of the Government’s failed housing policies and the high costs of living, which continue to hurt the hip-pockets of families and workers.”

“Darwin has the highest capital city rents in the country and rents in Alice Springs aren’t far behind.”

“Meanwhile the Government has been profiteering from record housing prices by slugging Territorians on average $20,000 in stamp duty a 152% increase during the past 5 years.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.

“The price of electricity has increased by 25% over the past two years.”

“Territorians are being lured interstate by the lower cost of living and more affordable services.”

“The underlying problems within the employment market are masked by the fact people without a job leave the Territory rather than stay to find work.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.

“On radio last week, Chief Minister Paul Henderson said anybody in Darwin and Palmerston could find a job if they wanted.”

“This heartless sentiment highlights a Chief Minister who is out of touch with the community, given that the wages paid in some of those jobs mean that it is difficult for workers or families to afford the rent or to buy a home.” Mr. Westra van Holthe said.

The high cost of living in The Northern Territory comes as a result of the lack of Development of Industry by a Government who has NO real Constitutional Authority to sign Contracts.

All real power in The Northern Territory rests with Canberra and in the World’s Largest Island Continent is simply an unsustainable position for the Federal Government to continue to support.

The Northern Territory requires a State Constitution, State Governor and a State Premier in the newly named State of Northern Australia.

Senate Representation:

Senate Representation for the existing 6 States should revert to the 1984 Levels of 10 Senators each with the State of Northern Australia having 10 leaving the Australian Capital Territory (A.C.T.) with 2 each.

7 States with 10 Senators each plus 2 for the ACT equals 72 Senators against the current size of the Senate being 76.

Statehood for The Northern Territory would result in Less Politicians.

Former New South Wales Premier Barrie Unsworth increased the size of the NSW Legislative Assembly in 1988 to 109 for Political Gain.

Former New South Wales Premier Nick Greiner set the size of the Legislative Assembly back to 99 Seats.

Former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr reduced the size of the Legislative Assembly to 93 Seats resulting in a NETT LOSS of 16 seats.

The Queensland Labor Government in 1922 abolished the Queensland Legislative Council despite Referenda to the contrary. The Labor Party ignored the will of the People.