PORK-BARRELLING IN THE TOP END?

Treasurer Scott Morrison has pledged an extra $810 million for the Northern Territory, including a $259 million GST boost and $550 million over five years for remote Indigenous housing.

The Guardian reports that both federal and territory governments have denied the funding is linked to the Northern Territory’s recent decision to lift its fracking ban. Speaking at Alice Springs yesterday, Morrison, who once threatened GST penalties for states and territories limiting gas exploration ($), instead argued that the funding compensates an otherwise unequal GST distribution.