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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 18 June 2002



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 18 June 2002

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QUESTIONS -Tuesday 18 June 2002 ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Nelson for his question. It is true the report is sitting on my desk. I am going through the report carefully because it is very important that we get things right. We want sustainable development for the future of the Territory. At the same time, we do not want this development to ruin our harbour. I will make an announcement very soon. Until I go through the report page by page and am satisfied that what is going to happen there is not going to affect the environment or harbour, nothing will come out. I want to first make sure that nothing is going to negatively affect the harbour. I will make the report available for the pubhc to have a look and comment on. At the moment, from what I have seen I am satisfied. However, I want to go through the report once again to finally reassure myself that it is not going to affect the harbour or the community, but at the same time it will provide benefits to development in the Territory. M r WOOD: A point of order, Madam Speaker! I am not sure whether the minister understood. I was wanting to know whether the governments response to the PER could be made available to the public. Madam SPEAKER: I think the minister has answered the question. As you know, the minister has leeway on answering questions. Department of Health and Community Services - Review M r BURKE to MINISTER for HEALTH and COMMUNITY SERVICES Minister, I listened to your comments regarding the review you intend to conduct. To my mind that review was not foreshadowed at all prior to today. By your own words, it includes the financial and resource capacity of the department. Given that, what relevance will the budget for 2002-03 have? Will health be excluded from the budget or will it be given a temporary appropriation when it is introduced in August? Surely a review such as this, given the importance that you put on it, was part of the preparation of the budget and should have aheady been completed. ANSWER Madam Speaker, no, there has not been advance notice of the review because it was today that I announced the review. I am not going to give advance notice that I am going to do a review when it is only today that I announced it. In relation to the budget, these are things that are happening within Cabinet at the moment. Naturally, health is part of the budget discussions, and will be part of the budget outcomes for the next budget which comes down later this year. Health is a priority for this government. It is not in the sad domain that it was with the previous government. We actually think that health is quite important. Certainly the review process will be looking at the priorities that we want in the department, but it is clearly part of the Cabinet budget decisions. Territory Jobs Outlook Mr KIELY to CHIEF MINISTER With all the doom and gloom being peddled by the opposition, the public could be forgiven for thinking the Territory jobs outlook is as bleak as it was under the CLP. Can the Treasurer inform the House of the facts? ANSWER Madam Speaker, this is good news for the Territory. For a couple of years now we have seen the Territory economy struggling, and for the last 18 months of the previous government the situation facing the Territory economy was very difficult. However, it is good to see that that is turning around. M r Reed: Whats the business confidence level? Ms MARTIN: I should have thought that we would have heard cheers from the other side of the House that we are having jobs growth in the Territory, employment prospects are looking up, that the total workforce is increasing, that we are seeing cranes on the skyline. I would have thought there would be cheers with the asking of this question; but look at them. What a dreary, gloomy mob across there. Let us have a look at some of the figures. Total employment across the Territory in October 2000 was 96 900. That has risen by a total of 4700 jobs to over 100 000 jobs last month - that is 101 600 jobs. We have gone over the 100 000, and it is terrific. That is an increase since October 2000 of 150 jobs a week. That is excellent. Since October last year, full-time employment has gone up 1300 jobs and part-time, nearly 3500 jobs. I am sure we all felt a sense of real concern when we saw unemployment in the Territory up over 8%. 250