The Northern Territory Chief Minister says a petition will not sway his decision to increase power prices by 30 per cent and water bills by 40 per cent.
The Labor Opposition says more than 3,000 people have signed the petition asking the Territory Government not to go through with the increases.
But Terry Mills says it has to be done in order to reduce Government debt.
"No one will be putting out a petition arguing for a tariff increase no matter what size it is," he said.
"If I'd gone out and said it was going to be 15 per cent, I think there would still be petitions.
"No one wants to bear the heavier load and I understand why because it's expensive to live here now." The Office of the Chief Minister has taken out a half-page taxpayer-funded newspaper advertisement to explain its reasons for the price rises.
Mr Mills says everybody has to carry the load and staggering the cost would only prolong the burden.
"The fact is we all have to carry that additional load that we have been shielded from by the short-term self indulgent decisions of the previous Labor Government who didn't have the courage to do what was right and shield future generations from colossal debt growth."