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




Tabled by Denis Burke


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3 horticultural industries as well as world firsts in tropical medicine and arid zone knowledge. We have the highest level of domestic solar hot water usage in Australia, and we are experimenting with alternative energy. Our climatically reliant tourism industry employs more Territorians than any other sector. Australian Bureau of Statistics research reveals the differences between Territorians and other Australians: On average, were younger: Our median age is around 28 years, compared with the national average of 34. 44% of Territorians are aged under 25, compared with 36% across Australia. Only 5.2% of Territorians are aged over 60, compared with 16% nationally. We are more likely to be employed: The Territory unemployment rate, at around 4%, is far below the Australian average of around 7%. Territorians participation in the workforce stands at around 74%, compared with the Australian average of 64%. We have higher incomes: The median weekly income for a Territory family is $1175, compared with the national average of $847, leading to one of the best home loan affordability rates in the country We are more likely to have come from somewhere else: The Territory has a population turnover by interstate migration of about 19%, about five times the national average. Our population grows about 2% each year. We like sport, the arts and technological innovation: The Territory has Australias second highest proportion of adults on computers, is the third most physically active state or territory in Australia, and has the second highest participation in the arts. All this and other factors make the Territory the fastest-growing economy in the nation. Economic growth is predicted at 5% this year. In short, Mr Speaker, our lifestyle is shaped by the environment, the climate and a mix of individuals, community, local government,