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Labor won't release costings until Aug 25

AAP logoAAP 17/08/2016 Neda Vanovac

Northern Territory Labor will not release its policy costings until two days before the election on August 27.

"They will come out next week after the PEFO (Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Outlook), they will go to Treasury and everyone will have a chance to look at them publicly on the record, our promises and our savings," Labor leader Michael Gunner said.

When pressed, he said they would be released on Thursday, to scoffs from the audience.

A spokesman for Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Country Liberals government's costings would be provided to Treasury by Monday and published on the CLP's website by Monday night.

Panellists from four NT media organisations agreed that Mr Giles came out on top during the hour-long debate which covered issues from the collapse of the housing market, understaffing at the hospital, the sale of the Territory Insurance Office, tourism, law and order, and the advent of Uber.

Neither leader landed a killer blow and both followed their policy scripts closely, with Mr Giles emphasising the CLP's focus on job creation and diversifying the economy, while Mr Gunner stressed the importance of trust and integrity in government.

It was the last of three leader debates before the election, which will be held in 10 days' time.

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