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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 17 June 2015



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 17 June 2015

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QUESTIONS Wednesday 17 June 2015 1108 Northern Territory in that paper. No matter the extent of the goodies, the Northern Territory will lead the charge on northern Australia investment because it is about providing jobs for the Territorys future. The Treasurer gave an answer earlier about the Chief Minister diversifying the economy. It is not just about offshore oil and gas; it is about aquaculture, horticulture, agribusiness, mining, tourism, government services, and employing people in urban locations in the Northern Territory as well as regional and remote locations. That is what northern Australia is all about. Member for Arafura, it is important to the people in your electorate, whether they are on the Tiwi Islands, Goulburn Island, in Maningrida, Oenpelli or Jabiru. It is important to each member of this Chamber, which is the responsibility we take in delivering for northern Australia. It is a line that we use all the time, but this is the plan and the vision for driving change, diversifying our economy, and ensuring it is not a one-shot-inthe-locker approach like INPEX. It is about making sure we remove the boom and bust cycle and there are jobs in the future for our kids. This is the biggest Education budget the Territory has seen, which combines with increased levels of school attendance. Is there more to be done? Absolutely. NAPLAN results are going up. There is the biggest investment in Health to make sure our kids are safe. We invest in the social effectiveness of government, but we drive jobs because people want a future in the Northern Territory. When the white paper comes out about northern Australia tomorrow, I will applaud the good things that come through for the Territory and denounce the things that are not good. I will show leadership for the Northern Territory and northern Australia to provide jobs for our future. Mr GILES (Chief Minister): Madam Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the Written Question Paper.