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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999

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Parliamentary Record 20


Debates for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 November 1999 The Desert Knowledge Consortium, a group promoting arid zone knowledge, has developed a prospectus explaining the desert knowledge economy. Benefits are expected to arise from opportunities for small business and tourism, social and economic development, and education and training. The Centre for Remote Health, which offers medical professionals a Masters of Remote Health, is enhancing remote and indigenous health through research, education, and clinical practise. The centre was recently given $2.2 million in Commonwealth funding to build new premises, which it will share with Flinders NT Clinical School and the Menzies School of Health Research. The Centre for Tropical and Built Environment, established at Northern Territory University last year, has developed links with the University of Melbourne, the University of South Australia and the Institute for Tropical Architecture at James Cook University. A cooperative research centre may arise from these links, making the centre a recognised leader in the fields of tropical architecture, urban and regional planning and tropical building surveying. Maruku Arts and Crafts, an Aboriginal owned and controlled retailer and marketer of indigenous arts, returned yesterday from the Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art, or SOFA, in Chicago. This follows its participation in the Nagoya World Dynamic Business Fair in Japan last year. Maruku, which represents 18 central Australian communities with about 900 individual artists, achieved $1.2 million in sales in 1998-99. Developments like these promise a great future for the Territory in terms of its service industry growth. However, to truly reach its potential, the Territory must build further on its expertise and services, and the marketing and promotion of its capabilities. As part of Foundation Five, Diversify the Economy through Service Industry Growth, the Territory government has identified four key areas for growth: IT&T; business and financial services; services based on the knowledge and expertise of Territorians; and our already successful tourism sectors. In partnership with business and industry, the Territory government has formulated detailed plans and initiatives to give the Territory and Territorians the competitive edge. In the information technology and telecommunications, IT&T, area, the Territory government will: Market the Territory locally and internationally through technology to enhance its business reputation and to maximise the benefit to Territorians from the emerging information economy; establish the Territory as a recognised model for home, school and work-based technologies within the next three to five years; and, further enhance business opportunities, develop new businesses, and expand service opportunities through maximising the use of new information technologies. To achieve these aims, the Territory government has made a commitment to several new initiatives as part of Foundation Five, Diversify the Economy through Service Industry Growth. The Northern Territory government will establish the electronic gateway to the Northern Territory, the NT website (portal). A portal is a single entry point to Internet sites, and the establishment of the NT portal will have considerable benefits for the entire community. To be developed in consultation with industry and the community, the NT portal will provide, firstly, a single entry point that will link to private and public Internet sites; secondly, links with federal, state and local government portals; and, thirdly, the development of a marketing package to showcase the NTs current and emerging technological capability. The government will develop, with the private sector, a program to encourage households and businesses to connect to the NT portal. We will establish on-line government. Within the next three to five years, the Northern Tenitory government will deliver an extensive range of its services electronically. This will build on the electronic services already offered or planned by departments and agencies including the Power and Water Authority, the Department of Corporate and Information Services, the Department of Sport and Recreation, Darwin Port Corporation, the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment and Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services. For example, sports people from throughout the AsiaPacific will be able to electronically register their expressions of interest in taking part in the 2001 Arafura Games. Maps will be downloadable from the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment and government procurement will be on-line. A facility for lodging on-line crime and accident reports is also being considered. On-line government will provide access to government services through a single entry point via a logical information pathway, and will involve the development of policies, standards, principles and regulatory frameworks to guide government agencies in its implementation. The Northern Territoiy government will foster the development of technical infrastructure by promoting the NT as a research test bed. It will 4776

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