Report to the Legislative Assembly by Mr Peter Toyne pursuant to section 9 1(e) of the Remuneration Tribunal Determination
Tabled Paper 2400
Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
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Firstly we must have a jobs plan. An audit of what jobs are needed in the industry, in what areas, what skills are currently available, what training is needed and what courses either need to be expanded or initiated.. .both at TAFE and University level. This job readiness must not be left to chance as the Minister for Resource Development would prefer. Students in secondary school now need to understand what the jobs are in oil and gas and what subjects now they need to take so that they qualify in the appropriate area. Engineering, management, environmental science, scientific research, boilermaker, computer programmer.. .whatever. This process must be driven and driven enthusiastically, but these jobs are our future. But hand in hand must go a similar process for business, university and for our research and development capability. If we miss out on this wonderful opportunity, and dont maximise the Territorys involvement and Territorians involvement in oil and gas, then it will be a true indictment of this government. I ask the Chief Minister to give up on the rhetoric, stop playing politics and put the resources right now into these important tasks for our future. 7
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