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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 121 Government Response to Committee Report on the Northern Territorys Energy Future The CLERK: Honourable members, pursuant to Standing Order 201(3)(b) I report to the Assembly the receipt, on 19 July 2016, of a government response to the Report on the Northern Territorys Energy Future and lay on the table the ministers response to the report. ADJOURNMENT Ms FYLES (Leader of Government Business): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. Ms PURICK (Goyder): Mr Deputy Speaker, it gives me great pleasure to rise this evening to speak, albeit briefly, because there is much more you can put into an election campaign. I want to acknowledge people and thank them, and point out things in my Goyder electorate. It was an interesting campaign. Leading up to the Northern Territory general election there was a huge amount of angst in my electorate, and the rural area generally. There were unhappy and cranky people, and it had nothing to do with the weather. They were very unhappy with the Country Liberal government and whilst not being Labor sympathisers, they did not want the CLP to retain government. That indicated to me that the CLP government did not really have its ear to the ground. It was not listening to people and did not really see, I believe, what was coming. The changes to the Electoral Act did present some challenges. The 100 metre rule on polling days created a few issues, but not many. The 100 metre rule during prepolling created issues in my electorate because my electorate office was located 70 metres from the prepolling location. It was good for me, but bad for my opponents. The Electoral Commission sought advice in regard to that and it was all cleared. Early polling was very well received in the electorate. About half of my electorate constituents voted before election day. That tells us something, and, collectively, we should pay attention to that. People vote early for many reasons. Lots of people work out bush or were going away on holidays, and lots of people just do not like going out on a Saturday to vote and run the gauntlet. I think that was well received. I place on the record my thanks to Iain Loganathan and the people at the Northern Territory Electoral Commission, particularly those who were in my prepolling booth. They had a lot of issues to deal with nothing to do with me, but some of my opponentsand they handled them diplomatically, professionally and very tactfully. The boundaries of my electorate did change; Goyder now encompasses Manton and Acacia, down south. It has gone out east to the Kakadu park boundary. I have picked up the Marrakai, Point Stuart and Shady Camp areas. I now have six pubs in my electorate, which I think is pretty goodit has increased by three plus a brewery, the Purple Mango Cafe and Brewery, which I think is called a bespoke brewery. I have been there and I recommend that people go there, but not too much because it is always booked out and I do not want you taking my space. I have lots of resorts and retreats in my electorate now; there is the Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge, the Mary River Wilderness Retreat, Wildman River, Terry Halses fishing place at the very end of Point Stuart Road, the Mary River Houseboats, Shady Campa very popular fishing place which I will talk about in my speech on the Administrators Addressand Corroboree Billabong. Lots of fishing activity takes place in those areas. The main rivers in my electorateAdelaide River has millions of crocodiles, which we do not really like. Point Stuart, for those who are not aware, is where John McDouall Stuart reached the beach on his successful south to north traverse of the Australian continent. At another stage I will talk about the need to upgrade Point Stuart Road, not necessarily sealing it Mr Wood: Mr Halse will be pleased. Ms PURICK: Yes, Mr Halse will be pleased. I think he is your constituent but he is in my electorate. Terry Halse is one of the best pet shooters. That is shooting meat for pets, not shooting pets. The whole area is a destination for fishing people from all around the country, if not overseas. We need to pay attention when things are referenced in regard to tourism and building employment and opportunities.