During a wide-ranging interview, Michael Gunner denies the Territory is in financial crisis and acknowledges his Government should have brought back a stimulus scheme for home improvement earlier.
Reining in routine overspending across Northern Territory Government departments forms the centre point of a plan to curb the region's spiralling debt crisis.
Ken Vowles was axed today from the Labor caucus, along with assistant minister Jeff Collins and backbencher Scott McConnell, and promptly let rip on his former colleagues.
The State Government announces a return to surplus of more than $1 billion, one year earlier than expected — with the extra money to be committed to its key transport plan Metronet.
The NT Labor Government is blaming its budget freefall on a decline in GST revenue and the natural economic lull after its LNG project boom, but does that explanation actually hold up?
The Government's planned $37 billion in surpluses over the next few years rely on a lot of pretty optimistic assumptions, but its promise to hand back more than $9 billion through yet-to-be-announced policies will be baked in.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the government needs to "stick to the plan" as he remains on-track to halve the $14.4 billion deficit forecast for 2018-19.
The mid-year budget update will include half a billion dollars to look after some of the nation's most vulnerable, including an extra 10,000 high-level home care packages.
The issue of population growth has now made it onto the national political agenda, but the debate needs to be grounded in a rational discussion of the economic and social pros and cons.
Shadow assistant treasurer Andrew Leigh says that the Coalition has doubled net debt since it came to office. Fact Check finds that to be correct, but with some important caveats.