Debates Day 6 - Thursday 1 November 2012
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DEBATES Thursday 1 November 2012 420 not being delivered. Government said, Well, the cheques are going in the front door, but nothing is coming out the other door. I was getting the blame, and it was crafted into a beautiful election strategy - and you guys can tell the story about what happened. Please, when you go back to do business with the homelands, make sure you start to squeeze the resource centres, because they were the ones that were letting communities down. I can give you example after example in the Barkly. We are going to move on because that is a traditional way of service delivery, and this minister, in her visionary statement, has said she will challenge that directly. She definitely has that in her sights. Good. Go for it and squeeze them, make them more accountable, work with them, bring them along, share your knowledge with them, and make sure that service delivery gets better. Think creatively, because when I go back in the Barkly, people from the places I lived on 30 years ago still come up to me and say they need X, Y and Z. The minister talked about that attitude of complaining and of asking. You have to be creative in this space. I go in and have a conversation and, if I get the traditional story - because we sit around and share stories about the old days and talk about our kids and life in general - and generally that person the minister describes in her statement quite well says they want the traditional things: bullocks, fences, bore points, Toyotas, and houses. I say, Forget that. What about we go down to the coast, we catch the biggest mob of pigs, we bring them up, let them go up the creek and then I will put a little advertisement in the German bow hunting magazine and we will get all these German bow hunters over here to shoot feral pigs up the creek and we will charge them $10 000 each. They were charging them $10 000 each back in 1998, so I reckon we will charge them $15 000 in 2013. Then if we can get Nanna to sit down and make a basket and a bow hunters missus comes along, let us charge them $20 000. Now that is the creative thinking that I am pushing out in the Barkly, around homelands. Then we can go to the higher order thinking around carbon emissions trading and carbon farming and fire abatement programs and ranger programs. You guys are in the saddle, you have the stallions and the mares, and you have to start to think creatively around homeland developments. What the minister says about challenging that stereotypical behaviour is good. You need to be creative, make the land work for the people. Everyone comes along for the ride and that has so many opportunities. I would love to be back in the saddle, but I am back in the yards, I will be raking the yards out for a while yet. I do not know for how long, but I am good with yards. I keep a clean yard and I will be back at the ranch, guys, I will be back at the ranch. But you guys certainly have lots of opportunity. I will talk about where the minister mentions Yirrkala in the statement, because I think it was about a person, a man, driving to work. You do not have to drive to work from Yirrkala to Nhulunbuy, you can catch the bus, put on by the Labor government through the first ever transport services in the bush, the Integrated Regional Transport Strategy. Yirrkala Business Enterprises took up the challenge, created a bus run and the statistics before the election Mr GUNNER: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Pursuant to Standing Order 77, I seek an extension of time for the member. Motion agreed to. Mr McCARTHY: I thank the member for Fannie Bay for his support as I like to speak on these issues. The Yirrkala Business Enterprise has grabbed the opportunity, started a bus run and the statistics that were coming in just before the election showed that the majority of passengers were guys going to work. I hope there were a lot of girls going to work too, because there is a wealth of opportunities in Nhulunbuy. But it was not only workers catching the bus; it was families, kids accessing services and sports, etcetera. This bus was working and is working. The challenge is - back to the cake in the Cabinet room - to keep it going, do not let it drop. Another part of the Integrated Regional Transport Strategy was the new bus service throughout Central Australia. The Minister for Transport has the opportunity now to sit down at the end of the trial and open the books because that was the deal we made with the companies. We wanted them to open the books. The word coming out of the companies was that it was good, it was making profits. The next thing I wanted to drive into that was, I wanted workers. I reckon the Indigenous mob would make great transport operators and there were a few interested in mechanics. I wanted to be creative and was advising these bus companies to put some accommodation units in town so they could cover both ends of the bus run, and with the locals working at both ends of the run it could be a really good business outcome. These guys will open the books with your new Transport minister very shortly. You will need to get another slice of the cake to keep the bush transport developing. There was a promise by the
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