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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012

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DEBATES Tuesday 30 October 2012 235 relates to a development for which the minister is the consent authority. Furthermore, clause 81U deals with disclosure if a member has a personal interest in a matter to be considered by the commission. The member must be disregarded for the purposes of constituting a quorum and must not take part in any deliberation of the commission about that matter. I have outlined all the key features of the draft bill and I hope from this it is clear that with the establishment of the planning commission comes a renewed focus on strategic planning for the Territory, one that enables sustainable growth of our cities and towns as great places to live, and ensures that planning reflects the expectations of the community. This bill provides for a planning commission that: is independent is able to perform its functions impartially and in the public interest operates transparently, requiring tabling in parliament if the minister does not follow the advice of the planning commission provides certainty for the community and industry about what land uses can happen where provides integration through cross-membership of the planning commission with environment, heritage and local government representatives along with a broad remit in strategic planning; and most importantly places people and their choices at the heart of planning for the future. Madam Speaker, I commend the bill to the Assembly, and I table the explanatory statement to accompany the bill. Debate adjourned. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT Three-Hub Economy Mr MILLS (Chief Minister): Madam Speaker, as part of my election campaign platform I promised that a Country Liberals government will develop a three-hub economy which ensures the Territory is not dependent on individual projects to keep the economy strong. The Administrators address presented to this House on the opening day of the Twelfth Assembly, just one week ago, noted: The economic prosperity of the Northern Territory is one of its greatest assets, built not only on its natural resources but also on the belief that an individual can prosper through personal determination and perseverance. My Address-in-Reply spelt out details of our vision for a three-hub economy with attention directed at mining and energy, tourism and international education, and food exports into Asia. In doing so, we seek to diversify our economic base for the benefit of all Territorians, creating jobs and wealth right across the Territory. Economic diversification will enhance the standard of living of all Territorians by generating higher economic growth, greater employment and income growth, which will, in turn, enable flow-on economic activities, greater economic linkages and interactions in the domestic economy, creating more wealth. Economic diversification will create a more vibrant and resilient Northern Territory economy better placed to accommodate and deal with external impacts like the high Australian dollar and fluctuations in commodity prices and volumes. Let me take each component in turn. The Australian reported on 2 May 2012 in an article titled Resources Investment Pipeline Keeps Flowing: The Northern Territory accounts for 1% of the countrys economic output, yet holds 9% of its definitive investment projects ... Our mining capabilities are massive, the same applies to our resources, and we believe there is the potential to expand and diversify into new commodities and new regions. It is the aim of my government to ensure these things happen. For example, the NT Business Review noted in July 2011 that the rewards for the company that threads the needle in the Northern Territorys Georgina Basin are vast. It is one of the few remaining virtually unexplored onshore oil and gas basins in the world. The Business Review Australia, in May 2012, noted: The Gas Rush Heads to Australias Northern Territory The article read: It is being compared to the gold rush of the 1850s: exploration permits and applications are flooding into Australia as energy miners