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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 120 I am extremely proud to be the Attorney-General and Minister for Health, and I am very honoured to be the Leader of Government Business. I want to take a moment to thank everyone who supported me in the early days of our government. It has been a hectic time. I acknowledge the work of the Speakers Office and the Legislative Assembly in pulling together this first sittings. We had a spectacular opening of parliament yesterday. It was very moving and interesting watching members from around the Territory being welcomed into this Chamber. To the community of Nightcliff, thank you very much for your support. To the residents of Coconut Grove, Rapid Creek and Nightcliff, I will continue to work tirelessly for our community. It is my home, where Paul and I are raising our children, and your issues are my issues. As well as taking on these new responsibilities, I am passionate about our community. We have had a number of issues within the electorate, and I am looking forward to being in government and able to deliver on them. One of the huge issues was the CLP closing our police station. I have already begun discussions and I look forward to working with the Chief Minister and minister for Police in getting this police station reopened. I am proud to be a patron of a number of clubs in Nightcliff, including the Nightcliff Bowls Club, Nightcliff Tigers Football Club and the Nightcliff Sports Club. I look forward to continuing this close relationship and delivering on my election commitment of lights on the club oval. Schools are the heart of our community, and I look forward to working with our incoming Minister for Education, especially to deliver the $300 000 commitment for each school across the Territory. Whether they are public, private or Catholic, our schools are the heart of our community; it is where our future is, with our young Territorians. From a local member perspective, I also want to raise the planning issues. We saw chaos and dysfunction over the last four years, and my community, although affected in a different way to others, was impacted by this, especially the leasing of 98 hectares of our pristine Darwin Harbour to build a man-made island. Thankfully that plan never happened, but it raised with me the important issue of planning. I look forward to continuing work with the new minister and the government to ensure that in our suburbs we protect our beautiful way of life. In my situation it is about our beautiful tropical blocks, but in other areas it includes different issues. This government has a strong, positive plan for the Northern Territory. We have many major reforms in hand to improve the lives of Territorians. I am looking forward to continuing the work I have started in meeting and consulting with many stakeholders. I have travelled to Alice Springs and have already met with a number of key stakeholders. I will continue that work. I will travel the Territory. I look forward to visiting you all in your communities. We need to invest in Health and make sure we give our kids the best start in life. I certainly value the trust that has been placed in me and I will strive to deliver on the many major initiatives and restore the trust Territorians have placed in this government. Debate adjourned. PAPERS TABLED Members Travel Reports Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Honourable members, I table two reports from the Member for Araluen relating to basic allowance expenditure under clause 6 of the Remuneration Tribunal Determination, dated 12 September 2016 and 10 October 2016. I table a report from the Member for Johnston, pursuant to clause 6, dated 25 August 2016. I table two reports from the Member for Nightcliff, both dated 24 August, for clause 6 travel. I table a report from the former Member for Namatjira, pursuant to clause 6, for travel dated 23 August 2016. I also table two reports from the former Member for Arafura, both dated 1 August 2016.