Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017
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QUESTIONS Tuesday 21 November 2017 547 The community have shared their ideas and aspirations for our future arts and cultural facilities, including the new museum of the Northern Territory at Myilly Point and the fine arts gallery in State Square. That museum master plan will be delivered to government by the end of the year. I look forward to releasing it and making sure we share that vision for our cultural institutions across Darwin and Palmerston. This is about making sure we share our stories with visitors and connect communities. It complements consultations that have been under way on the design concept for the museum of the Northern Territory. We are pleased with the response from the community. There have been a number of pop-ups around Darwin, Palmerston and the whole Northern Territory to make sure that museum tells our story and shares our identity. Government will receive the report in the new year which will inform detailed design work curation and other key features of an incredible asset for our community and the people who visit. In Alice Springs consultation is under way on a potential location for the national Indigenous art gallery through Have Your Say. This is generating lots of conversation in Central Australia. I am encouraged by the number of people who are having their say and being part of that community discussion in a positive way. The expert Steering Committee has assessed the suitability of a number of sites based on cultural considerations, size, expansion, sense of place and connection to landscape, and we look forward to continuing that process with the community. I have previously mentioned that Nganampa Development Corporation is leading consultation on the national Indigenous cultural centre. It held a two-day workshop and has gone forward with its plan. Madam SPEAKER: Minister, your time has expired. Dan Murphys Liquor Licence Mr HIGGINS to CHIEF MINISTER Territorians want certainty and action. Dan Murphys applied for a licence nearly a year ago under one set of rules. Midway through, your government decided to change those rules. You are now saying you cannot tick off $40m of private investment overnight. How was it, then, that you were able to cross off Dan Murphys overnight? ANSWER Madam Speaker, as the opposition is aware, we will be debating this on urgency this sittings week. I believe the Attorney-General has already given notice that we will be scrapping the 400 square metre limit this sittings period. As the Leader of the Opposition is aware, we have commissioned an expert panel led by former Chief Justice Trevor Riley to provide us with advice about how we can tackle alcohol in the Northern Territory and make sure we look after the health and safety of Territorians. It was an incredibly comprehensive review, with 220 recommendations, including the re-establishment of an independent liquor commission which was scrapped last term by the CLP. That will resume in February. With opposition support, we believe we can pass that on urgency also. We will make sure opposition and Independents stay fully briefed between now and February. This is the process we are undertaking on urgency in November, and with support from the cross benches on urgency in February. The Attorney-General has met with Dan Murphys and we have been working with them through the process. Dan Murphys is not unused to the fact that you have to work through a process when it comes to transferring or getting a liquor licence. This is quite common for them. We will be responding urgently in November on the 400 square metres and in February on the independent liquor commission, which was the recommendation from former Chief Justice Trevor Riley about how we approach these decisions. It is a decision independent of us. We do not decide who sets up liquor stores in the Territory. It is not a political decision by us; it will be made by the independent liquor commission to be established in February. That is the process we are going through. Dan Murphys is aware of it. We are giving them certainty about what we are doing. The Attorney-General has already given notice for that 400 square metre amendment to
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