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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 13 February 2014



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 13 February 2014

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Debates for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016




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DEBATES Thursday 13 February 2014 3408 and we look forward to further increases in 2013-14. However, the key question now is how the CLP will realise the full vision Labor had. Will it stay true to ensuring broad community benefit and not just profit making? When we deconstruct that process successive Labor governments in the Territory went through, we can mention Territorians like Clare Martin and Paul Henderson, and recognise their leadership and the lessons we can learn, no matter what side of the House we sit on. The story was especially important in the competition the Territory government faced with Western Australia. Being a privileged member of the Committee on the Northern Territorys Energy Future, we travelled to Western Australia and heard first hand from Western Australians about the jealousy and disappointment, though they held the Territory in great esteem for its success in securing the Ichthys project. It was a jewel in the crown for the Northern Territory. It capitalised on the ConocoPhillips project and showed the world that Darwin is the place with supporting, enabling infrastructure; a stable, democratic government; a supportive community; and, essentially, that very important infrastructure to not only get these projects out of the ground, but to support their ongoing development and production. It was also a great relationship between nonIndigenous and Indigenous Territorians which shone through that whole exercise of attracting the Ichthys project to Darwin and the Northern Territory. It was our ability to negotiate honestly and openly, to offer accountability for the project and the community benefit the project would bring, and walk through this side by side with traditional owners, making sure there were real benefits to both groups. If we want to talk politics and look back at the track record of the Country Liberal Party, we will, no doubt, debate the Kenbi Land Claim and the issues of the political approach from a previous CLP government which created so many problems. We are talking about a significant time frame of over 30 years. There are great lessons to be learned, and I am sure those lessons can be shared to benefit all Territorians. I was privileged to be at a function which celebrated the Ichthys project sign-off. A senior executive from JKC, the principal contractor, delivered a very inspiring speech. I remember very well the line where he said to the audience, I have delivered these projects in the desert and in the jungle, but I have never delivered a project like this in such a beautiful city with its supporting services and infrastructure like Darwin. He celebrated the governments contribution and partnership. He acknowledged the traditional owners and the wider community of Darwin and the Northern Territory. That sets a real tone for any government in the Northern Territory to celebrate that successful partnership, then go after the next one. That is what we want to hear in future statements, as this statement did not provide any news around who is next, what is next and where it will be. The extensive overseas travel this government is engaging in will, no doubt, highlight new projects being solicited both offshore and onshore. The estimates process will be a very good forum to look at those transactions, that travel and the benefits and partnerships that will come from such encounters. The partnership with the Larrakia is critical, and one that can be celebrated, particularly in relation to the development of a trade training centre. Not only did that trade training centre attract government resources, it attracted private sector resources directly from the Ichthys project. That trade training centre represents the future of young Territorians. Specifically in this case, it is young Indigenous Territorians who can get their foot in the door for real accredited training that will get them on a site with a sustainable construction project of over four years accredited training representing apprenticeships and also a link to global industry that could take them anywhere in the world. That is operating as we speak. An image I enjoy spreading throughout the regions is going from the boarding facilities at Kormilda College on the bus down the hill to the Larrakia Trade Training Centre then, if all pieces fit into the puzzle, working next to the worlds best tradesmen on a major project which will deliver energy for the worlds future. This is especially complemented by the Charles Darwin University Australian Oil and Gas Centre, and the Charles Darwin University move to ensure its curriculum offers specific training and tertiary studies to represent the global oil and gas sector. Between those two great Territory entities, we have some defined pathways which have been created under new management. Dare I say it, the new government has the responsibility to continue in this positive frame to offer Territorians, particularly young Territorians, their opportunity within this global industry sector. The other area which is a huge highlight and opportunity in this oil and gas sector is the 3000-bed workers village at Howard Springs. It was incredible to work with the previous government through all the issues in the Lands and Planning area, securing the project and seeing the scope of what was created. It will leave a very incredible legacy for the Northern