Debates Day 5 - Wednesday 17 October 2007
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DEBATES Wednesday 17 October 2007 4881 say where there is an opportunity let us present a good case is terrific. It is certainly the response that we are getting from INPEX. We are not setting out to compete with Western Australia; we are looking at where resources are, where there are problems and how we can provide opportunities for Darwin. Had we said this three or four years ago, we had no track record about these major projects. Now, you can go and say to INPEX: 'There is an LNG plant here. We have a workforce that can support it. The project was delivered by Bechtel with a lot of Territory workers, on time and at the standard they required'. So we can deliver; we are not just a greenfield site. We delivered an LNG plant successfully, working with the private sector. This government has achieved a track record with major projects and an LNG plant. That says to other companies: 'We can do it'. I place on record that for the Opposition Leader to wag her finger at me and say: 'Too little, too late' is wrong. There is a very careful strategy. It is not competing with Western Australia; it is providing an opportunity for INPEX if the initial project does not emerge as they first saw it. It is good. What I said about the Territory not getting a contract out of the work that was done by Richard Court and Shane Stone is interesting. China and Western Australia have a relationship. Our relationship has developed with Japan, and that is where the LNG contract has gone ... Madam SPEAKER: Chief Minister, please pause. I have just received word that Hansard cannot hear us. If you could remain in your seats until we find out whether or not Hansard does have sound for the record. We will suspend for five minutes until the ringing of the bells. Debate suspended. Madam SPEAKER: Chief Minister, would you like to continue? I believe Hansard can hear us now. Ms MARTIN: Okay, if we have Hansard back on board, I do not have a lot more to say. Another issue that was raised by the Opposition Leader was Glyde Point. She criticised our decision to protect Glyde Point. I will not go into detail on that. I want to deal with the member for Katherine and the Opposition Leaders words regarding gas coming from the Bonaparte area to Darwin. It was interesting on radio this morning - and this was repeated by the Opposition Leader - the member for Katherine was slightly confused and referred to gas coming onshore at Channel Point. We concede that she was probably talking about Channel Island at the time. These are some of the myths that are perpetrated. The member for Katherine said: The CLP had a deal with ConocoPhillips that said that if they got land here they would deliver gas to Channel Island Power Station. This is the most fanciful stuff we have ever heard. What is a deal? Is a deal a contract? A deal must be a contract because if you are ever going to deliver anything you need a contract to do that. I say definitively there was no contract. There was no deal ... Members interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Ms MARTIN: There was no arrangement, as the member for Katherine is claiming publicly. This is gross ignorance by the member for Katherine who does not understand what was happening at the time. If the CLP government had a contract with ConocoPhillips to deliver gas into Darwin we might have seen this, member for Katherine. There was no contract. I have checked definitively and there was no contract. I do not know where the member for Katherine got her information, but it demonstrates myths and fancifulness from the CLP that do not serve them well now. I will give a little history of what was happening at the time. Bayu-Undans deal was known about. ConocoPhillips, as the operator of the field, was having discussions about where they could sell the gas. It was a very productive liquids field. They were conducting discussions about where they could sell the gas. I will take you back in time. There was a company called Methanex. We were talking about a methanol plant here. There was a lot of discussion happening there. Some of those discussions with Methanex included maybe some power in the process of trying to put what was a proposal together. I am sure there were discussions about if we need to get buyers of the gas then maybe Power and Water could be one of those. There was never a contract, never that kind of deal that the member for Katherine talks about ... Mrs Miller interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Ms MARTIN: That was one thing that was happening, and I think the member for Katherine should be quiet. A parallel process was in a market that was difficult to find buyers for LNG. It
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