Posted March 06, 2019 12:50:51 The Government is set to launch a fresh attempt to renegotiate the border with Australia in its first budget, with its key policy areas, such as the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory, expected to be the focus.
Key points:The Government wants to cut red tape in the Northern Territories and the ACT The Northern Territory’s territory would become an Australian territory under the deal A border adjustment fund is set up to deal with the Northern Australian Territory’s population and welfare issuesThe Northern Territory would become a state under the agreement, which would include areas such as Indigenous affairs, agriculture and fisheries, and Indigenous education and health The Northern Australia Territory is the only territory in Australia with a border with the United States that does not have an independent Parliament, and has no representation in federal politics.
The Government has been working on a new border agreement for some time, with a key policy area, such the Northern and Southern Territories, also expected to come under consideration.
But the Government is expected to seek to reduce red tape by removing barriers that make it difficult for people from the Northern or Southern Territories to come to Australia, while also improving welfare for the Northern Territorians.
“We’re going to make a real good deal for the people of Northern Australia,” Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said on Sunday.
“And there’s a lot of other good things we can do.”
The Territory has a population of just over two million people and an unemployment rate of nearly 25 per cent.
But the territory is one of the most populated in the country, with more than 3.5 million people living there.
It is home to a significant Aboriginal population and many of its residents are descendants of Indigenous people.
“The Northern Australia population is so much more than a number,” Indigenous Affairs Minister Pauline Hanson told the ABC on Sunday morning.
“There’s an Aboriginal community in this Territory.
It’s one of our biggest and most significant communities, it’s one that is under attack by this government, it is under threat by this Government.”
The Northern and the Southern Territories are both part of the Northern Ireland region and are not independent states.
“Northern and Southern Territory have a long history of living together and being part of one community,” Ms Hanson said.
“They are one of those parts of the country that is more than just a number.”
This Government has a responsibility to protect the Northern Australians and their children, to protect their health and their welfare and their community.
“If we can’t do that, we will be leaving Northern Australia for good.”
The Government says it wants to see the Northern territories be recognised as a state, but it will not be able to legislate for the territory’s people in the future.
The NT Government has also said it is committed to continuing to protect Aboriginal rights and will continue to work with Indigenous communities.
“A Northern Territory is a land of opportunity and the Government of the day is the Northern Australia Government,” a statement from the Territory Government read.
“It is clear that the Northern territory’s Indigenous people are the best placed in Australia to benefit from the many opportunities and benefits that this country offers.”
While the Government’s priorities for the future may differ, the Government will be supporting Aboriginal communities to protect and preserve their own cultural and religious heritage.