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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 actively seeking to secure rocket launching sites near the equator - and in Wallaby Holtze Road! Mrs Padgham-Purich: If the price is right, minister, I am open to discussions! Mr STONE: The Gunn Point area near Darwin is being seriously evaluated by separate groups as a potential site from which low earth orbit satellites and the larger geostationary satellites may be launched. A significant attraction of the Darwin/Gunn Point area is its proximity to a major port, an international airport and world-class health, education and communications infrastructure. It is worth noting that the research capacity of Northern Territory University is one of the major attractions to the groups that have an interest. The potential gains to the Territory that would accrue through the establishment of a space base are considerable. However, before the government would consider any proposal by a private enterprise consortium to build a space base, there would be a need for very detailed consideration of environmental issues among other matters. May I say to members that, in all my discussions with the representatives of these various companies and space agencies, I have made it very clear that we would never embark on a path that would compromise the quality of life that we enjoy in the Territory. The Northern Territory governments encouragement of regional economic development with direct local business involvement will continue in 1995-96 through the Strategic Services Programs ongoing work in regional economic development. I will be launching the Arnhem Region Strategy in Gove next week, and 1995-96 will see a continuation of work on the development of a Darwin Region Strategy. The information services provided by this group, such as the quarterly production of Market Smart and regional business profiles, will continue. The Mataranka Business Profile is being developed and will be launched later this month. A major challenge for the group in 1995-96 will be the development and implementation of an Access Asia database which will employ the latest technology and draw upon a variety of relevant material. This Asia database will complement the work of the departments Ministry of Asian Relations and Trade, and will act as a ready reference point for Northern Territory industry. I turn now to the budget for the Ministry of Asian Relations and Trade. During 1994-95, the major project areas of Asian relations and trade have been: the further development of business and trade opportunities for Northern Territory firms in the South-East Asian and East Asian regions; brokerage of Northern Territory participation in the Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines East AESEAN Growth Area, known by the acronym BIMP-EAGA; facilitation, assistance and support of Northern Territory businesses in their efforts to develop markets in Asia; and attraction of national firms to establish operations in the Northern Territory. In the 1995-96 year, $ 1.638m has been allocated to the continuation of the activities of the South-East Asia and East Asia desks in the department. Increasingly, the Northern Territory private sector and other Northern Territory government agencies are calling on the skills of the experts within my department to support their business activities in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, a number of national and international agencies and business people are using these desks as their point of reference for advice and assistance on industry and investment opportunities in the Northern Territory. Indeed, members will recall that Business 3525

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