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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Tabled by David Tollner


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Defence 189 Northern Territory Economy also routinely operate out of Darwin, as does a Major Fleet Unit employed to transport people to immigration processing centres. The largest military base in the Territory is RobertsonBarracks, which is home to the Armys 1st Brigade. The ADF build-up in the Territory between 1992 and 2001 largely reflects the relocation of the 1st Brigade to Darwin. In 2010-11, personnel of the 7th Mechanised Battalion, the Royal Australian Regiment, were relocated from RobertsonBarracks to RAAF Edinburgh in Adelaide. NORFORCE undertakes surveillance operations of the shoreline of the Territory and recruits extensively from the Indigenous population. This makes the Army one of the largest employers of Indigenous people after the Territory Government. In 2012, NORFORCE had 805 personnel, of whom 65were army regulars and 740 were reservists. Indigenous people comprised 44percent of NORFORCE personnel. RAAF Base Darwin is a major stageing post for maritime surveillance aircraft conducting duties as part of Operation RESOLUTE and is also a forward operating and stageing base for ADF operations and exercises, which often include international contingents. RAAF Base Tindal is home to the No.75Squadron, which flies F/A-18 Hornets and associated support units. The AirForce also operates the Delamere Air Weapons Range facility (south-west of Katherine) and one of Australias threeJORN surveillance units (near Alice Springs). On 17 November 2011, Prime Minister JuliaGillard and President of the United States (US) Barack Obama announced two initiatives to further develop bilateral defence cooperation. These initiatives were the rotational deployment of US Marine Corps (USMC) personnel to Darwin and northernAustralia for training and increased training interactions between US Air Force and the Royal Australian Air Force in northern Australia. The first rotation of 200 USMC personnel arrived in Darwin in April2012, returning home in September 2012. USMC personnel resided at RobertsonBarracks and conducted training exercises alongside ADFpersonnel at the Bradshaw Field Training Area. A second larger rotation of 250 USMCpersonnel arrived in Darwin in late April 2013. A third larger rotation in 2014 is expected to include up to 1100marines. This number could grow to as much as 2500 over the next fiveyears. USMCpersonnel deployed to the Territory will be based at RobertsonBarracks when not training at other defence sites. The ADF commissioned an independent assessment by Noetic Solutions of the potential social and economic impacts of this initial deployment on Darwin and northern Australia. In its report, Noetic Solutions found that there would be minimal social impact and a positive economic impact arising from the deployment. The initial agreement allowed for the deployment of up to 2500USMC personnel. In anticipation of a further ramping up of the USMC presence, the ADF has asked KPMG to undertake an additional economic and social Army Air Force Joint AustraliaUS Force Posture Initiatives

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