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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016

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Parliamentary Record 1


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




pp 65 to 124


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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 113 Arafura Gamesgreat news. Warren Parkwe need to talk about that. Putting the rugby league centre back in Marrara is a good move, whether it should be on the rugby union park or notat least it is a better decision. I would love to talk about the Westminster system, as the Member for Blain did, but that will be another day. All in all, it was a good report. Many of those things have to be fleshed out more, but I thank the government and the Administrator for bringing that forward. Ms FYLES (Attorney-General and Justice): Mr Deputy Speaker and members of the 13th Assembly, I acknowledge that we gather here today on Larrakia land, and I pay my respects to the Larrakia people, past, present and future. I welcome everyone back to the Chamber. To the new members, welcome to our Chamber. I have very much enjoyed listening to the maiden speeches from my colleagues over the past day or so. It has inspired me as to why we are all here and the job we have ahead of us. I am very much looking forward to working together. I am deeply honoured by the trust my community, the electorate of Nightcliff, has placed in me in re-electing me as its local member. I will continue, over this term of government, to dedicate my efforts to represent the people of my electorate and the broader Northern Territory. It is a privilege to be the Attorney-General, Minister for Health and Leader of Government Business, a role I am very much looking forward to. I undertake these responsibilities with a new appreciation of how these portfolios affect the everyday lives of Territorians. I will do my utmost to deliver for the benefit of the Territory. Throughout the past four years we have listened to Territorians, and we have formed a government with a clear, positive agenda. Over the next four years we will continue to listen and consult widely with the community. That is a very important point. It was very clear early on with the last government that it had stopped listening to Territorians. We saw that with the significant power price hikes. I remember being at Casuarina Square collecting signatures. People who had never engaged with politicians and could not care less about politics were being impacted on so greatly in their everyday life, and they were being completely ignored by the government. We must never forget that we are here to represent the community of the Northern Territory. What has been impressed upon me everywhere I have visited and from everyone I have spoken to is that this government has an even higher responsibility than most governments. We have an obligation to all Territorians from all corners and all walks of life to have a better government, a government that serves Territorians. This government was elected on a platform of restoring trust, accountability and integrity to government in the Northern Territory. Restoring trust in government is more than just a saying. The need to restore trust and operate from a firm foundation of integrity will inform every decision this government makes in the years ahead. We have immediately begun this work by implementing reforms to give Territorians the accountability they deserve. We saw that this morning with the motions passing through the House to allow the Register of Members interests to be available online and to set up a select committee to review the process of legislation and the work of this Assembly. Those measures of reforming how parliament operates demonstrate the start of bringing openness and accountability to this House. I look forward to continuing to work with every member of this House, whether they are from the government benches, they are Independents or in opposition, on making these changes. From how we as members behave in this House during debates, to how decisions are made and accounted for, our government is addressing the need for change on many approaches. The opening of this session marks the entry of a new Assembly with an attitude to be respectful, to accept that we need to listen to Territorians; we need to respect Territorians and bring that approach into the Assembly. We welcome this scrutiny, and it is evidenced by the appointment of you, Madam Speaker, as an Independent Speaker. I congratulate you on your reappointment, and I look forward to working with you closely. In order to restore integrity to government and rebuild the trust in our community, we must deliver on major initiatives to prevent corruption. We have commenced working on the creation of the new public integrity framework, and we already have some of the functions to ensure the integrity of government, such

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