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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 1103 When we came to government, as I said, there was $30m which you were spending without any process. No one knew how or where you were spending it or why you were picking one travel agent over another. I have the option of looking at all that, but I do not think it is worth spending millions of dollars on reviews to do that. It is best to ensure we have the right process, but we know where your interests lie. You want to spend millions of dollars on that in the same way as your alternate policy; you want to spend money on the Arafura Games. The two policies of Labor are to hold more inquiries and to bring back the Arafura Games. Let me tell you about some opposing policies. We have a sports voucher policy, where we support kids joining sports Ms FYLES: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113: relevance. I asked a very direct question. When will you hold a real review? Is it because you are afraid they will find something? Madam SPEAKER: Sit down; it is not a point of order. Mr GILES: We have a sports voucher policy as opposed to the Arafura Games. We have a policy for investing $20m in upgrades to Richardson Park so Territorians have better infrastructure. We have a policy for investing money in tennis. What does Labor have? Labor has the Arafura Games and inquiries. We have a policy to invest in the velodrome Ms MOSS: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113: relevance. The question had nothing to do with sport. It was about your travel and an independent review. We would appreciate it if you could please get back to the question. Mr GILES: We have a policy to increase Indigenous employment in the public service Mr Tollner: Why would you have an inquiry when people turn up and lie? Madam SPEAKER: Chief Minister, please pause. Member for Fong Lim, cease calling out across the Chamber. Mr GILES: I can sense the frustration in the Chamber from this side because of the repetitive nature of questions that are irrelevant to Territorians who want to see development in the Northern Territory. Ms FYLES: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113: relevance. With 30 seconds to go, will you answer Territorians, have a review and show Territorians what you are trying to hide? Madam SPEAKER: The Chief Minister has the call; he has time to answer. Mr GILES: You are continuing to waste time in Question Time in this Chamber. I gave you a full and detailed explanation, despite the fact you did not ask any decent questions in estimates where we could have provided this information. We will continue to provide Territorians with updates on what we are doing. You have a complete vacuum in policy and intellect around these subjects. October Business Month Mrs FINOCCHIARO to MINISTER for BUSINESS October Business Month is a Country Liberal government initiative which has stood the test of time, helping Territory businesses to grow and prosper. Can you update members of this House on the progress in planning this years October Business Month? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Drysdale for her very relevant question about what is occurring in the Territory. I have some great things to say about Northern Territory public servants, unlike those opposite. Further to what the Deputy Chief Minister said, when we were in opposition I recall the then Speaker, the member for Nightcliff, Mrs Jane Aagaard, continually castigating the then government - those sitting opposite - and lecturing them about naming people in this Chamber. Further to what the member for Katherine said, that is what they seem to do over there. They hid behind public servants then, and now they are bagging public servants. In the Department of Business many public servants are doing a fantastic job by helping the Territory get on with business. This year, 2015, marks 21 years of the Territorys biggest business event, that is October Business Month, which is great news. October Business Month is the premier business event of the Northern Territory and is considered by many Territory based businesses, small and medium enterprises, as the premier business event in their annual calendar. An exciting line up of keynote guest speakers has been arranged; each of them has a wealth of business experience to share with businesses in the Territory. This years themes include things like leadership, finance, marketing, social media and business