Department of the Legislative Assembly, Northern Territory Government


26 February 2002

1. Virgin Blue Government Subsidy


1. What is the worst-case cash exposure faced by the Northern Territory Government in relation to its subsidization of Virgin Blue?

2. How many seats on each flight in and out of Darwin will the government be responsible for.

3. Of these seats, how many are expected to be sold on each flight by the Northern Territory Tourist Commission.

4. To what extent is the official travel by government employees going to be directed to Virgin Blue.

5. Is the Territory Government going to have an allocation of seats on each flight to either sell via the Northern Territory Tourist Commission or use for employee travel, and how much will government have to pay Virgin Blue if that seat is not filled.

6. Is the cost of the subsidy being paid out of the existing resources of the Northern Territory Tourist Commission.

3. Territory Development Office


1. What will be achieved by the Office through the expenditure of $120,000 in 2001-02.

2. How many staff are assigned to the Office as at January 1, 2002.

3. What amount of the net budgetary impact identified for the Office in your costings document is made up of travel needs or is the travel expenditure of the Office going to be funded by the Department of Chief Minister.

4. What cost will be incurred in the provision of suitable office accommodation for the Office of Territory Development, including any design and refurbishment costs.

5. How will the performance of the Office be measured.

6. How will the office avoid duplicating the investment-related activities of agencies such as the Office of Resource Development, the Department of Industries and Business, the Department of Asian Relations and Trade etc.

7. Will there be a reduction in these agencies capacity in the area of investment attraction as a result of the development Office.

8. Will the Office have the capacity to offer incentives to potential investors and what incentives would be considered appropriate.

4. 100 Extra Teachers


In relation to the government’s promise to provide 100 extra teachers:

1. What process was used to determine the need for 100 extra teachers.

2. Staffing in the areas of special education and Indigenous students were identified by Labor as being inadequately staffed. Of the 100 extra teachers, how many will be directed to these areas.

3. What provision is there in the costings contained in the Mini Budget for an automatic indexed annual pay rise for teachers as announced by Labor during the election campaign.

4. What student to teacher ratio does a Labor Government expect once the 100 extra teachers have been recruited.

5. Will any student to teacher ratio calculations be limited to the actual number of teachers in classrooms.

5. Public Service Restructure


The government says its public service restructure will save $4.4 million in 2002-03 (Mini Budget Paper No 3, Page 18):

1. What will be the source of those savings by component and value.

2. If attrition is to be the source of your savings from the public sector, does that mean that a recruitment freeze has been imposed on some agencies? If so which agencies are affected and what are the details of the freeze.

3. The government has identified $15 million in savings in 2001-02 and $35 million in 2002-03 from budget improvement measures. What will be the source of those savings by component and value.

4. What is the current size of the public service in terms of employees of all designations and what do you anticipate the figure being in 12 months time under the changes to the public service.

5. What staff levels have been set for each of the 18 agencies.

6. How many members of the public service are currently regarded as contract employees.

7. What allowance has been made for a public service pay rise in the calculation of the Mini Budget’s Budget Improvement Measures.

8. What cost does the government expect to be incurred in changing stationary, uniforms, logos, pamphlets and the front counter areas to reflect your changes to the public service structure.

9. Labor’s promises contained in Paper No 3 of the November Mini Budget commit the government to saving $500,000 a year through REDUCED attrition in the health and education departments. How can savings be made by reducing attrition while at the same time using attrition to reduce the size of the public service.

10. Will the displaced former public service CEOs be expected to take a pay cut to reflect their reduced responsibilities.

11. Will the CEOs of the 18 ‘super departments’ be given a salary increase to reflect their increased responsibilities.
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