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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002

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Parliamentary Record 9


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 November 2002 it was a joyous occasion. I can say very sincerely that I was very honoured to attend as the local member. Another highlight of the 2002 year for staff and students at Yirara College was a visit earlier this month by the Prime Minister. I am very pleased to say that I had a hand to play in encouraging him to visit the college. It really was a wonderful occasion and it was clear that the Prime Minister enjoyed his visit. After touring the school and speaking to students, we were treated to a number of performances by several music groups, then the Prime Minister spoke to a few of the staff and the Principal, Mark Doecke, about indigenous education, and what great work the college was doing, and how the federal government could further assist in that area. The college is very obviously aware of the challenges its staff face in the future and providing education to indigenous students in Central Australia. However, the college is well equipped to meet those challenges, mostly I think, because its staff and principal are honest about what those challenges are, and equally honest about what needs to be done in order to meet them. On behalf of all members of the Assembly, I congratulate all of the work that has been done by the college over the last nine years, and congratulate all of those involved, and of course, at this time of year, wish the principal, staff, students, parents and friends, the very best wishes for 2003. Mr HENDERSON (Wanguri): Madam Acting Deputy Speaker, on 29 and 30 October this year, I led a Territory trade delegation to Singapore with the aim of building trade links and encouraging Singapore-based businesses to consider investing in the Territory. The delegations activities included taking part in the Offshore South East Asia exhibition in Singapore, visiting Jurong Port, meeting with the Jurong Town Corporation and attending a range of networking functions. OSEA is held in Singapore every two years and allows manufacturers, product distributors and service providers to showcase their wares and establish contacts with buyers. Of particular interest to the Territory was the opportunity to develop contacts with international contractors who are involved or potentially involved in the Bayu-Undan project. There were around 900 exhibiting companies and 250 stands. More than 8000 trade visitors and 3000 people from exhibiting companies attended OSEA. My department, and a group of Territory companies, provided a display on an Australian stand which was shared with some Victorian-based companies. The Territory display promoted Darwin as an oil and mining industry service and supply centre for northern Australia and the surrounding region. Companies represented in the display included Universal Engineering, Hercules Offshore Lifting Gear, Darwin Offshore Logistics Base, Kim Heng Marine and Oilfield, Environmental Health Services, AJ Mayr, Tech Rentals and Jacindo. Other groups promoted at the display but were unable to send representatives included NTISO, Nortrade, Delta Electrics and WasteMaster. Singapore is one of the important players in the oil and gas supply industry in our region, and this was an important opportunity for Territory business to experience and develop links with this area. There are already a number of important links between Singapore and Darwin. These links include Singapores Gas Services International with Darwins Universal Engineering; Kim Heng Marine and Oilfields purchase of the Darwin Offshore Logistics Base; and Rooney Shipping with the Labrooy Group, to name a few. I found there was widespread knowledge in Singapore of the big oil industry projects in the Territorys region of influence including Bayu-Undan, Sunrise and Tangguh. However, there is only a limited understanding in Singapore of Darwins capabilities and the role Darwin could play in supporting major oil, gas and mining projects. I believe we need to raise the Territorys profile in Singapore to build trade and tourism and attract investments, and the delegation to OSEA is an important part of achieving this objective. Austrade arranged a function for the Territory and Victorian delegations to meet key Singapore- based purchasing investment representatives. This was well attended and a number of good contacts were made with the procurement, engineering design and management people working on projects in our region. Whilst at OSEA, I also gave a briefing about regional energy developments and what the Territory hopes to achieve to key energy journals including EnergyAsia, Petromin, Ogilvie Publishing, Upstream Newspaper and OPEC News Agency. This will help to lift the Territorys profile amongst the broad readership of these journals in the oil and gas industry. There was considerable interest during OSEA in the lifting frames which are designed and built in Darwin by Hercules Offshore Lifting Gear. The other Territory exhibitors were also kept busy and generated good leads or won business at the exhibition. Environmental Health Services is negotiating business with General Electric throughout eastern Asia. A proposal was received 3109