• Two boys, aged one and two, have shown signs of neglect while in out-of-home care. (AAP)Source: AAP
The Northern Territory has accused the Turnbull government of turning its back on the Top End with its budget.
10 May 2017 - 5:30 PM  UPDATED 10 May 2017 - 6:04 PM

The coalition's fiscal papers revealed no significant new spending or projects for the NT and many say it’s not helping Close the Gap for Indigenous people. 

Luke Gosling joined fellow federal Labor MP Warren Snowdon and Senator Malarndirri McCarthy to criticise a $16 million decrease in National Partnership for Remote Housing funding to the NT.

"There are no real funding commitments in this budget to close the Gap of Indigenous disadvantage. This is a disgrace," they said.

NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner says his Labor government will have to do the heavy lifting to get its struggling economy back on track.

Mr Gunner said federal Treasurer Scott Morrison's second budget was a test of Canberra's commitment to developing the north through defence infrastructure.

"It failed that test," he said.

"There's little in the budget except a small national increase in health and education funding - but nothing to demonstrate a genuine commitment to the Territory's future."

Mr Gunner invited Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and the treasurer to the Territory to see firsthand the level of disadvantage, the limitations to growing government revenue and the challenges of delivering services to remote areas.

He advised them that it costs ‘more to run a health clinic in Yuendumu than in Geelong’.

The NT will receive a cut of the $55.7 million the commonwealth has committed over five years, to help improve the job prospects for Indigenous Australians across the country.

Likewise, the commonwealth is providing $3.6 billion over four years from 2017/18 to Indigenous Australians' Health program to improve effective health care services in areas of need.

NT Council of Government School Organisations says Indigenous school funding will lose $21 million over the next four years. Making the NT the only state ‘transitioning down’ in funding.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion says Canberra has pledged $4.2 billion for the Territory next financial year and demanded the NT government encourage private investment by lifting a ban on fracking.

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