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Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians



Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians

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Tabled Paper 1658


Tabled papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT




Tabled by Denis Burke


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14 Mr Speaker, our unique Territory lifestyle is one of the most valuable assets we have. We must preserve it. It is the responsibility of Government and the community to preserve it. There are major components of Territory character, regional pride, can-do determination and respect for individual identity and independence, which shape how we work and play. Our cultural diversity adds to that, providing both tolerance and an acceptance of new ideas, providing the Territory with new dynamism and enterprise. Mr Speaker, we have researched and consulted Territorians on their priorities. It is abundantly clear that Territorians value enormously our unique lifestyle. What we have in the Territory is an urban environment that provides us with an enviable and inimitable way of living in the modern world. We have a natural environment that by careful management is unsurpassed anywhere in the world for its beauty and grandeur, and importantly accessibility. We have a sense of community that is found nowhere else in this nation and it manifests itself in our fierce pride in the Territory. We have a streak of independence that enables us to stand up for what as Territorians we all believe in. We have an unparalleled determination that allows us to achieve things other Australians say would be impossible. We have consistently the lowest unemployment rat in the country. We have a growth rate that is greater than any other State. We have the perfect environment for raising our children. We have a tolerance and acceptance of each other that provides a benchmark for the rest of Australia. We are proud, determined and independent. Mr Speaker, Territorians past and present can be proud of the marvellous lifestyle that has evolved in the Territory. We have a unique lifestyle that must be built on and preserved. The challenge, Mr Speaker, is to preserve our lifestyle in an environment of growth.

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