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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017

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Parliamentary Record 9


Questions for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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QUESTIONS Tuesday 21 November 2017 537 Minister McCarthy Mr HIGGINS to CHIEF MINISTER In 2014 the Stella Maris inquiry found that Minister McCarthy did not act with accountability, responsibility or with proper consideration by granting Unions NT a Crown lease. In September of this year Minister McCarthy failed to ensure that Minyerri and other communities were provided with interim housing, forcing them to live in squalid, Fourth World conditions. Last Friday the Royal Commission concluded that Minister McCarthy had been continually briefed about the youth justice crisis but failed to act. When is enough, enough? How can Territorians trust this minister to discharge the duties of his office? In the same vein as the question you posed about former minister John Elferink, will you sack him as the minister? ANSWER No. Minister McCarthy has my full confidence. Members: Hear, hear! Mr GUNNER: You have just identified a political witch huntwhich we all knew Stella Maris was. Then you went on to remote housing in the Northern Territory, which is one of the most difficult policy areas we have, especially when it comes to delivery. We have spoken a lot about the transitional housing arrangements in Minyerri and I think the minister is delivering comprehensively across remote housing in the Northern Territory in an extremely difficult portfolio area. When it comes to the Royal Commission, I have taken full responsibility as the Chief Minister and leader of this party. I did that in opposition and I do it now in government. The only way you can be part of the solution is if you accept responsibility. As a party, we are in rehabilitation because we have done the wrong thing consistently over the years, as have previous governments, when it comes to breaking kids and not building them up. It would be highly irresponsible and misleading to identify one individual for that. Parties are responsible and have made wrong decisions. That goes to a failure to understand how Cabinet government and responsibility works. Gerry McCarthy is part of our Cabinet and as a Cabinet we have taken strong steps towards rehabilitating our path to youth justice in the Northern Territory, beginning with the decision in February to use $18m to fix the broken youth justice system. Minister McCarthy was part of that decision and is an excellent member of our Cabinet, who provides very good advice to us about how we need to be mindful of the decisions we make because they impact the Territory, children and safety of Territorians. This term we have taken an approach on the first 1000 days of a childs life, which I think will deliver serious benefits to the Territory. It may take years for that to fully flow through the system as those young kids grow up into teenagers and young adults. We have to invest in the first 1000 days, which is the direction we have taken as a government and as a party this term, because we are on the steps to rehabilitation and how we can do better for Territorians. We can only do that because we have accepted responsibility for the mistakes we made in the past regarding youth justice in the Northern Territory. That is how we can say thank you to the commissioners for the road map they provided, and we will take those practical steps as a Cabinet, government and team to make sure kids, families and businesses are safe in the Northern Territory. That is what we are doing for Territorians. Infrastructure Jobs Mr KIRBY to MINISTER for INFRASTRUCTURE, PLANNING and LOGISTICS Minister, can you please update the House on how the government is using the $1.75bn infrastructure budget to support Northern Territory jobs? ANSWER Madam Speaker, it is important to do what we can, as a government, to support Territorians by creating jobs, attracting private investment and growing our economy across Territory cities, regions and remote communities. It is about getting out there to create more jobs, and build and grow this economy.

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