The NT has run out of bad governments

December 19, 2018

Should the mendicant Northern Territory be merged with the State of South Australia creating the new state of Centralia? That's a question the Conservative Party's South Australian Senate candidate Rikki Lambert picked apart after it was mooted by former NT Attorney General John Elferink. 

The Australian reports, the Territory is an economic basket case and further deterioration in it’s operating balance, following reduced GST revenues, has placed it in the unsustainable position of needing to borrow merely to pay for recurrent activities, including interest expenses.

Charles Darwin University professor of public policy Rolf Gerritsen says the Territory is en route to “Italian or Greek levels of debt”.

In the absence of any strong political will Mr Elferink has suggested repealing the Territory’s self-government act and creating the new state of Centralia, an amalgam of SA and the NT.

"The resulting state would have resources to rival WA and with the dissolution of the south-north divide that has been a cultural Mason-Dixon line in Australia, it would put Australia firmly in Asia,” Mr Elferink said.

Rikki Lambert says while the idea is an interesting one, and not without merit, he is not entirely happy with it either.

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