Friends and Territorians,
Budget 2017 is investing for the future.
It is investing in jobs, in our kids and in community.
It is about keeping the faith with Territorians and meeting our election commitments and it is about delivering a fair plan to shoulder our economic challenges. We are rising to these challenges because we know the great natural, geographical and human potential of this place. This Budget is stepping up and investing in that potential.
Our tests require we move diligently and fairly, but also decisively and boldly to keep families in the Territory and keep Territorians in work. This Budget is the culmination of meetings, conversations, roundtables and cups of tea across the entire Territory. I know from this consultation that while the Government is in a tough financial spot, many of you are in even tougher spots.
That is why this Budget is about you.
Our Government has a plan for jobs a plan for investing in our children a plan for safe and vibrant communities a plan for the bush and a plan to restore your trust in Government. I have spoken about these plans before the election and up and down the Territory in my year ahead speeches. My colleagues and I have spoken about these plans at length in Parliament.
Budget 2017 is the practical and financial manifestation of these plans.
Budget 2017 is the delivery.