Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016
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Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020
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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 79 with the Register of Members Interests and, if they do not feel comfortable, to seek support. The staff of the Legislative Assembly will be more than happy to provide that at any time. There are two issues here. There is the motion before the House, which is simply to place the annual return on the Internet after it has been tabled. Changes to updating the register would need to go back to the Committee of Members Interests. I will read the motion once again so members are clear. I move that this Assembly adopts the Committee of Members Interests report recommendations to the 12th Assembly so an annual return of the Register of Members Interests is placed on the Legislative Assemblys website after tabling during the second sitting period each year, and that this practice commences in 2017. Motion agreed to. ADDRESS IN REPLY Continued from 18 October 2016. Mr VOWLES (Primary Industry and Resources): Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure to stand here and address you as the Member for Johnston for a second term. I firstly pay my respects to the Larrakia people for allowing me to speak on their land and for welcoming me. It was a proud moment yesterday to be walked into the Chamber with the new Member for Arafura, Lawrence Costa; my mother; and Tiwi Island dancers and elders. I have strong links to the Tiwi through my family, after the removal of my grandmother and aunty from the Waramungu lands near the Member for Barklys area. Waramungu and Warlpiri lands, and right up to the Tiwi Islands, were part of the Stolen Generations, so it was very emotional for me and my family. I was very proud to share that moment with the Member for Arafura. I also take the opportunity to thank the people of Johnston, who for the second time have put their trust in me to be their local member. It was a great campaign and I thank everybody who assisted me with the dayto-day stuff. Everybody in this Chamber acknowledges and respects the hard work and commitment people put in for you; it is quite humbling and hard to comprehend how people go out letterboxing and doorknocking just to support you. People from various areas around the Territory and interstate flew up to help with my campaignfamily, friends, close friends and new friends as well. I also thank Aaron Early and United Voice for doing some roadsides with me at 7 am. It is a tough gig to support somebody without coffee, so I made sure there was coffee available every Wednesday when they helped. I also want to do something a bit different and thank my opponents: Steven Klose from the CLP and Melanie Ross from the Greens. They both ran fantastic campaigns and we all shared in the vision of making Johnston a better place, and I respect that. We had a fantastic campaign. Steven and I caught up after the election to debrief. I will always respect people who put their hands up to represent. Just because they are running for different parties does not mean you cannot take their advice and some of their direction. We shared a lot in common, so I wanted to thank them also. I have been fortunate enough to be nominated as a Cabinet minister with the portfolio of Primary Industry and Resources, and I would also like to thank the people of Johnston again, because without being their local member I would not have the opportunity to serve the rest of the Territory. Thank you. In regard to my portfolio, I have been very fortunate, over the last few years, to be the shadow minister for Primary Industry and Resources. It has allowed me to develop strong relationships and links to all stakeholders across the Territory, interstate and even internationally. They are important industries, and I am very fortunate to have a seat at the Cabinet table with my colleagues and be part of a Labor Caucus team that is without doubt the strongest representation we have had in this Chamber. I have said many times already that the next four years will be a fantastic opportunity for this Chamber to show how parliament can work. We have a diverse range of beliefs, cultures and policies within a 25member team. I say team because I do believe it will be a lot more cohesive, less adversarial and more productive than the last four years. We have done our job as an opposition. I am sure all the opposition and Independent members will do their job in holding us to account.
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