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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 24 November 2016



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 24 November 2016

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Parliamentary Record 2


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




pp 503 to 561


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DEBATES Thursday 24 November 2016 519 Let us talk about jobs in a construction sense. We can also add to the local government aspect of essential and municipal services, and governance in communities, with members of the community stepping up and being on local authorities, standing as elected members and being leadership figures in their local communities. Envisage a four-year-old waking up in the morning in a home that has some room to breathewe will work on the overcrowding issue. That four-year-old waking up in the morning will see family membersand hopefully the younger family membersbusy and organised, with a purpose, as they have to do something which will be meaningful. It will make them feel good, be of community benefit and, essentially, the underpinning element will be that it will develop that community. Those four-year-olds will see the busy nature of people who are moving, focused and dispersing into the community. The four-year-old might see an uncle, brother or dad who picks up a tool bag or who goes to a vehicle that has signage on the side and the classic tradie ute back with power tools and all the associated elements of the construction sector. That four-year-old will wave goodbye as dad goes to work. How does that translate to economy? Well, dad will go to work because he wants to. He is an important member of that community and will make a difference. He will also be earning real wages and generate economy in that community. I do not want to be misogynistic and risk any level of criticism from the two CLP opposition members. Let us talk about mum in the trade sector; I have no problems with that. We have lots of great examples of women right across the spectrum of all trade and service sectors. It is about local, real jobs, and this is a generational change. It was wonderful to talk to the Vice Chancellor of Charles Darwin University the other day and say, Youd better prepare; when this policy kicks in we will have a great need for training in the VET sector and the trades area. He was very pleased to hear that. He said to me, with a very real understanding of what we were talking about, Its great to see a government planning over a 10-year cycle because it gives all the other community sectors an opportunity to plan. It gives associated Territory industries security and confidence to say, You are worthy; I need you; I will give you an apprenticeship. That person then travels through and is indentured at the end of that and becomes a trade person in their own business in the future. Member for Spillett, there are real job opportunities. It is not just about housing; it is about many areas within government service delivery. This will be important not only for the family, but for the four-year-old. They then see something that is quite normal. When the family gets together at night, lets hope the housing situation is better and that the familys nutrition is improved. Lets hope we can deal with the scourge of chronic disease issues like rheumatic heart disease. If we can work on basic housing infrastructure we can be one of the important links in the support chain. Let us hope, most importantly, the family shares time together, discussing the events of the day, which involves their contributions to the community. Those children will understand the platform of what their parents do in community, their value to the community and the family, and, most importantly, the value they bring to facilitating community development into the future. That is where this policy is heading. The multifaceted layers that need to support those outcomes will be the story that is told in this House, year after year. This is not about four years; this is about making a big, bold decision to go beyond electoral cycles. Mr VOWLES: A point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker! Pursuant to Standing Order 43, I request an extension of time for my learned colleague, the Member for Barkly. Motion agreed to. Mr McCARTHY: The Member for Araluen touched on some very good points about the capital resourcing within any government. Being a previous minister in this government, having been in this House for a considerable amount of time now and having gone through various budget processes, I realise these are tough times and it is difficult. Then you have to look at what Labor did to make sure this policy is supported. Let us look at housing and that significant investment in this area. It is not about new houses; it is about the raft of housing issues from homelessness right up to people engaging in the private sector. It is considerable$1.1bn, over 10 years, of Territory money. It is an historical time whereby the Territory government has invested into that significant issue. It is a real game changer for our regional and remote communities.

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