National Security budget cuts by $100 million over CCTV contract

The budget for the Ministry of National Security is being reduced by $100 million as a decision has been taken not to renew the current contract that relates to CCTV cameras.

The shortfall represents the fiscal year 2018, which ran from October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018.

The reduction was debated as the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives met today.

National Security Minister Stuart Young said the current contract with TSTT is not being renewed as the minister says the contract was not favourable to taxpayers.

Women's network satisfied with increased fines for cruelty towards children

The International Women's Resource Network is welcoming the measures in the Budget that in relation to the increase in fines for cruelty to children.

The IWRN issued its views on the Budget on Tuesday.

"The International Women's Resource Network (IWRN) is expressing relief and gratitude at the government’s decision to increase all fines in connection with cruelty to children under the Children’s Act.