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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 17 February 2004



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 17 February 2004

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QUESTIONS - Tuesday 17 February 2004 extensions of Sea Swap trials in Darwin, and the capacity for Territory businesses to be accredited to US Navy standards to provide additional support when they are in port in Darwin. There is a lot happening. The department is working cooperatively with Territory-based business and the major primes, as well as the individual arms of the Defence Forces. It is an area of my portfolio responsibilities that I take very seriously. We on this side of the House are doing everything we can to ensure that our Territory businesses benefit to the maximum they possibly can through Defence expenditure in the Northern Territory. HIH Insurance Levy Mr MILLS to CHIEF MINISTER How long do you intend to tax Territory businesses to pay for the collapse of HIH? Is it not a fact that it is your policy that this tax will continue for another 11 to 13 years? We will abolish this unfair impost on Territorians. Why dont you? ANSWER Madam Speaker, the HIH levy is an issue for Territory businesses. When it first emerged and the CLP was in government, this is exactly the method they were promoting: to put such a levy on business. Even though they shake their heads that is exactly what they proposed. As I said in response to the previous question, we review the tax situation constantly and, of course, in the run-up to a budget, we are looking at it closely. We are talking to businesses. I say to Territory businesses: we are listening to your concerns. This is a government that listens and acts. Supported Accommodation - Government Policy Mr BONSON to MINISTER for FAMILY and CHILDRENS SERVICES Housing support for people with disabilities and high support needs has been limited for many years in the Northern Territory. Students and parents of the Nemarluk School in the Millner electorate would like to know if you can inform the House of current initiatives developed to address this issue. ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for his question. Yesterday, I and the Minister for Health launched our Building Healthier Communities framework, and it was a great day. Within this framework, this government - and it is outlined in there - is committed to ensure that Health and Community Services meets the needs of all Territorians. In this framework, we have committed to providing appropriate and sustainable accommodation support to people with disabilities and high support needs. The Labor government has already secured an additional 21 places for people with moderate to high supported accommodation needs in Palmerston and Darwin. We have listened to the community and service providers in the disability sector who have been calling for supported accommodation for people with severe disabilities closer to home. On 12 February, the Department of Health and Community Services called for proposals from disability providers to establish three new community accommodation services. This will assist in addressing the long-standing unmet accommodation support needs for people with very high support needs. A total of $1.3m has been committed and allocated to providing new supported accommodation for people with disabilities and high support needs in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs. These new services will provide a total of 10 places for people with very high and complex needs. It is expected that the services will be fully operational by July 2004, with current identified clients being transitioned into services from May 2004. I look forward to providing the House with further details in the future on how we will deliver on commitments outlined in the Building Healthier Communities framework. Adult Guardianship Board Ms CARTER to MINISTER for FAMILY and COMMUNITY SERVICES I congratulate the minister on her elevation. Last month, the Deputy Coroner, Elizabeth Morris, investigated the death of Rita Anderson, and found that, and I quote from the NT News: ... the extent o f powers and orders made under the Adult Guardianship Act needed to be clarified... and that ... the Adult Guardianship Boards practice and procedures need to be reviewed to better manage and expedite applications. What steps have been taken to pursue these actions, and when will they be completed? 900