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Budget blowout widens to fund fracking industry expansion

Budget blowout widens to fund fracking industry expansion

The Protect Country Alliance has slammed the Gunner Government’s budget as a taxpayer-funded windfall for fracking companies, at the expense of Territory taxpayers and the environment.

“The Chief Minister is playing Robin Hood in reverse, stealing from the poor in the middle of a financial crisis to give to some of the wealthiest companies in the world,” said Graeme Sawyer, spokesperson for the Protect Country Alliance.

For all the talk of belt-tightening and cuts to community services to reign in the budget blowout, it’s the fracking industry Territorians have rejected that has seen the biggest handouts from the NT Government, including:

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Shorten not sweet on NT communities with gas giveaway pledge

Shorten not sweet on NT communities with gas giveaway pledge

The Protect Country Alliance and Traditional Owners from across the NT have slammed today’s shock announcement by Opposition leader Bill Shorten to gift a $1.5 billion taxpayer-funded loan to build new gas pipelines to access NT shale gas.

Bill Shorten said today that, if elected, his government would replace the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility with a fund to encourage onshore gas fracking projects.

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Federal budget bust: Funds for fracking anger Territory communities

Federal budget bust: Funds for fracking anger Territory communities

Northern Territory residents are outraged after the Federal Government threw $8.4 million at the fracking industry while allowing crucial frontline services to whither from a lack of investment.

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