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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 establish demonstration sites that represent best practice application of emerging technologies, and promote the NT as an innovative environment for commercial development of new IT&T concepts. We will promote awareness and education in IT&T by continuing our on-going commitments to developing IT skills for Territory students; ensuring equitable access to IT facilities at all schools; encouraging the provision of community-based IT training programs; and establishing formal programs in applied business technology suited to Territorians in business. The government will grow Territory business and services by developing generic e-business models to help small business with the introduction of new technology, as well as looking at other ways to provide further specialised support. We will bring the outback on-line by supporting the development of community networks, supporting and developing tele-working opportunities, and encouraging the development of electronic social networks to reduce the effects of isolation. The Territory government will also provide retransmission sites to improve access to free-to-air TV services, and ensure the Territory is strategically positioned for the introduction of digital broadcast services. Business and Financial Services: The Northern Territory government will position the Territory as an offshore business advisory and financial services centre for the region. Many of the initiatives in this area are on-going commitments, but they will involve a fresh focus on what we already do well, and assessing ways we can do even better. The Northern Territory will be developed as a precinct for advisory and consultancy services in the legal, accounting, information technology and business management areas. We will identify the differences between NT and overseas best practice and work towards achieving these standards. We will build local capability by using the governments purchasing power and outsourcing policy to encourage local firms to develop strength and depth in their knowledge and experience base; identifying and attracting the right expertise from interstate and overseas; growing our own expertise by training and retaining local and overseas graduates from the Northern Territory University; and, completing the current study of Islamic banking requirements and looking at the feasibility of providing financial services to this sector in the BIMP-EAGA nations. The Knowledge Economy: The Territory government will develop and build on the intellectual capital of the Northern Territory and export this knowledge interstate and overseas for the long-term benefit of the Territory by building on existing knowledge, identifying areas of new knowledge, and creating a structure for delivery. We will initiate a high-level think tank to collect creative ideas for the knowledge economy from industry, academia and government; identify new opportunities for the development of new services; and, identify market opportunities for products and services. To further assist with the process of identifying areas of new knowledge and expertise, the Territory government will also consolidate NT research knowledge through the NT Research and Development Advisory Committee and expand and attract research and development funding. The Territory government will build on existing knowledge in the Territory by continuing to support the development of tropical and arid zone knowledge - for example the Desert Knowledge Economy and the CRC for Tropical Savannas - and Territorians' knowledge in health, construction and remote area service delivery. We will create a structure for delivery by establishing centres of excellence in tropical and arid zone knowledge; supporting new initiatives in emerging areas such as aquaculture and horticulture, health and engineering; strengthening existing links between institutions; and developing ventures with private enterprise. Tourism: The Territory government will work to further enhance the NTs position as a cultural and natural holiday, leisure and business destination that is unique in the world, and encourage year- round expansion of the tourism industry. A Vision for the Future o f Tourism Towards 2005, Tourism Development Master Plan, has been developed over recent months in consultation with industry, community and government organisations. It is designed to establish a framework for tourism development issues for government and to provide direction for the industry to maximise tourism development opportunities. The master plan encapsulates immediate areas of concern determining the industrys future growth and seeks to effect change as we enter the new millennium. We will improve service standards by facilitating and supporting an industry driven accreditation program to help new tourism operators meet high levels of service. The Territory government will assess the feasibility of establishing a one-stop shop for tourism training, advice and employment. The Territory government will expand the diversity of tourism and recreational product available by investigating the creation of a Territory History Gallery; developing partnerships with Aboriginal people for the further development of tourism in the Territory; 4777

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