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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 15 February 2017



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 15 February 2017

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Parliamentary Record 3


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




pp 833 to 903


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DEBATES Wednesday 15 February 2017 854 Territorians and local businesses need to be confident that our processes are fair and that there is no favouritism in awarding contracts or delivering government services. By providing confidence in government we will help create the conditions for private sector jobs to bloom. As a government we must get ready to embrace future technologies. The government will play a large role in the implementation and regulation of new technologies. It was the previous governments failure to pay attention to future jobs that contributed to the state we are in at the moment. But, by being open to innovation, open for business, fair, accountable and trustworthy, we will create a new space where Territory businesses will employ more workers and contribute to the economy and the growth of the NT. Technology is a very important area, as are many other areas in this well-written speech. I do not have the time to finish this, but I will make one point: great policies are inclusive of all Territorians. That is important to remember and not lose sight of. Labors underpinning policy is about our children, our youth. It is about remaining cognisant that every area of policy development will be underpinned with that worthy statement, action and value. Our kids are the future of the Northern Territory. Debate suspended. The Assembly suspended. PETITION Petition No 7 Bring Dan Murphys to Darwin Mr HIGGINS (Opposition Leader) (by leave): Madam Speaker, I present a petition not conforming with standing orders from 643 petitioners relating to changing Northern Territory Government Gazette No S119 to bring Dan Murphys to Darwin. I move that the petition be read. Motion agreed to; petition read. The Gunner government changed Gazette S119 with no public consultation. This means that no bottle shop is able to have a footprint larger than 400 metres-squared. This came directly after Dan Murphy's proposed a 1200 metres-squared bottle shop. The Gunner governments excuse? They took it to the August election if we remember correctly, they didn't release their policies until the day before the election. Lets stop the grave injustice! We will not be the Nanny State! ELECTORAL LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (NO 2) (Serial 8) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr WOOD (Nelson): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. This bill is to amend the Electoral Act and the Electoral Regulations. The new act will reverse the decision by the previous government to introduce optional preferential voting and allow the return of full preferential voting. The original changes to the voting system were made by the previous government in the hope of improving its chances of winning the election by avoiding the need to receive at least 50% plus one of the vote, and to reduce the chances of minor parties or independents being elected. They claimed it would reduce informal voting, which it may have, but the accidental informal vote for the whole of the NT was not that high in the first place. Looking at the results of the last election, the change backfired on the government. Regardless, it is still important that the legislation be returned to what it was previously. There are a number of reasons why this bill should be supported, especially as the next local government election will be held next year. Members: August this year. Mr WOOD: August this year. That is what I meant to say. Firstly, optional preferential allows a candidate to be elected without receiving 50% plus one of the vote. It can become a de facto form of the first-past-the

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