Ministerial Statement Foundations for our Future Preserve and Build on the lifestyle of all Territorians
Tabled paper 1658
Tabled Papers for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled by Denis Burke
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7 celebrate the lives of Senior Territorians. The Round Tables goals will include the better use of the talents of older people and the encouragement of intergenerational communication. Mr Speaker, Territory women have always played a major role in the continuing economic and social development of the Territory. The unique fabric of our Territory society is, in large measure, due to the untiring energy of Territory women. Extensive consultations have been carried out this year to ascertain Territory womens aspirations. These consultations will result in a new strategic direction document to be released in early 2000. The strategy will build on that which was launched in 1994 and which was applauded and welcomed by all Territory women. For working mothers and fathers access to quality affordable childcare is critical. The Territory Government has a record second to none in the provision of a range of childcare services. As the Foundation document identifies. Access to childcare will be further improved through the NT Governments Caring for Children Services Plan. The Government will also continue to subsidise childcare facilities in the Northern Territory through the salary subsidy for child care workers. Mr Speaker the role of parents in our society becomes no less easy with each passing year. Honourable members, as parents, will, I know, appreciate the many skills required to be a good parent. ^ The Positive Parenting Program will be extended to more Northern Territory communities. This ingenious program will provide families with the opportunity to improve nurturing skills. It will also assist parents in providing protective and nurturing environments for their children and in providing skills to enable parents to communicate effectively with teenagers. Critical to good health and education outcomes for young Territorians, is a collaborative and co-operative approach - a partnership - of health and education agencies. To that end a school age health policy is being developed for implementation in Territory schools and health facilities. Mr Speaker, the future of our Territory is very much dependent on our Territory youth. It is important to identify opportunities for