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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Parliamentary Record 5


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 1623 to 1686


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DEBATES Tuesday 9 May 2017 1643 I remember, as a child, meeting many disadvantaged people in the community, people who were highly traumatised from the First World War. That shows how old I am. I was a child. But these people were still active in our community, and I often wondered why they were so disadvantagedhomeless. These were people living in the community who were vulnerable. I had very supportive family members, who were able to deconstruct my questions and provide a context. It often related to the trauma of World War I, a trauma they were suffering that had intergenerational effects. It was also important for me to meet survivors of child sexual abuse and understand their stories. It is so important for us, as elected community representatives, to understand and translate that knowledge into our practice and policy that we bring to the Northern Territory. As Minister for Housing and Community Development, as a minister responsible for local government, a very privileged position, it is important to understand those issues coming through the public housing sector, and the people who have been traumatised and are dealing with their demons. They are coming to terms with all their ongoing challenges and issues. This is not a static space. This is a moving position within peoples lives. I have read some interesting letters from local members who are championing the cause of these community members, bringing those vulnerabilities to my knowledge, to educate me on the constituents we are representing. Those letters make a lot of sense when they come from new members of parliament, who are on the front line, representing their constituents and using those important opportunities through the governance of the Northern Territory. Good on you! There is one champion in here, whose letter I read this morning. There are a couple of wins, and there will be a couple of hard stories where we need to do some more work, but that is the nature of the beast. This has been a wonderful debate on this very important legislation. I once again acknowledge the Attorney-General for bringing this important work to the House, for the important work that goes on behind the scenes in the department and, most importantly, for the outcome we will achieve as legislators here today in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory. Debate suspended. The Assembly suspended. VISITORS Essington School Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, I welcome some students to the gallery, Stage One Legal Studies students from the Essington School, accompanied by their teacher, Mali White. Welcome to Parliament House. Members: Hear, hear! PETITION Petition No 11 Moratorium on Unconventional Oil and Gas Mining in the NT Division of Lingiari for Seven Years Ms NELSON (Katherine): Madam Speaker, I present a petition from 1173 petitioners praying that there be a moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas mining in the Northern Territory Division of Lingiari for seven years. The petition bears the Clerks certificate that it conforms with the requirements of standing orders. Madam Speaker, I move that the petition be read. Motion agreed to; petition read: We the undersigned respectfully showeth: moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas mining in the NT division of Lingiari for seven years. Your petitioners humbly pray that: The NT Division of Lingiari has a moratorium on all unconventional oil and gas mining, fracking, for seven years. This is so accurate data, both good