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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 November 2015



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 November 2015

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Parliamentary Record 24


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




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DEBATES Thursday 19 November 2015 7394 SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS Pass Bill through All Stages Mr GILES (Chief Minister): Madam Speaker, I move that so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the North East Gas Interconnector Pipeline (Special Provisions) Bill 2015 (Serial 143) passing through all stages during the December sittings. The main reason for doing this is that the legislation has precedence, most notably for INPEX and its project, the railway line and the Bonaparte gas pipeline. This legislation provides certainty to investors and still complies with all laws within the Territory, as well as requirements at Territory and federal environmental levels. With the time frame we are working on to have construction completed by the end of 2018, and gas flow through by 1 January 2019, we need to work quickly. Clearly, the 30-day time frame for passing legislation, from when it is introduced to passing, would mean it would not be passed until February. I had an opportunity to provide a briefing to the member for Nelson, and the Chief of Staff for the Leader of the Opposition was afforded some communication in this regard. The legislation only came into my hands yesterday, which is one of the reasons it was not sent around sooner. This is about providing certainty to industry and companies, while adhering to government laws, but allowing for construction activities to get on and build the pipeline. Mr GUNNER (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, I thank the Chief Minister and his office for the provision of advice on why urgency was needed in this instance. As Territorians know, we support the North East Gas Interconnector Pipeline, and we understand the need for commercial certainty and a delivery date. There are similarities with the discussions and decisions we made during the delivery of the Ichthys project. There is a significant difference between 1 December and mid-February. When you look at the time frames for what we are discussing, that would be a significant difference and a hardship to the project. We make decisions on a case-by-case basis when it comes to discussions on urgency in this House. In this instance, we are very happy to support the urgency request. I again thank the Chief Minister and his office for the advice we have received. Mr GILES (Chief Minister): Madam Speaker, I thank the opposition members for their support in this regard. This is not gotcha legislation; this is about certainty for the Northern Territory. It is a sensible approach that will give indicators to the rest of the country that the Northern Territory is a safe place to make investments in something provided certainty by government, particularly for this significant legislation and project. I afford the opportunity to every member of parliament, if they would like to contact me, to have a briefing on what this is all about. I will make all of our staff, as well as departmental staff, available to provide a briefing in that regard. Should anybody wish to have a chat with Jemena I am happy to arrange those conversations so they can talk to you about their project. I bumped into the member for Barkly crossing the floor the other day and said if he would like more information about the pipeline I am more than happy to provide that. I know there is a big meeting in Tennant Creek on Friday at Battery Hill where there will be project proponents briefing the local community, the Chamber of Commerce, potential contractors, potential staff and Indigenous organisations about the benefits and opportunities coming up. I will not be able to make it; I am not sure if the member for Barkly can make it. Madam Speaker, I commend this bill to the House and look forward to further debate in December. Motion agreed to. SUPERANNUATION LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 132) Continued from 26 August 2015. Mr GUNNER (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, I thank the Treasurer for bringing the legislation before the House. I indicate that the opposition will be supporting this bill. The bill proposes amendments to the Superannuation Act and NTGPASS rules. The amendments will empower the Commissioner for Superannuation to transfer adherent or retained NTGPASS accounts to a chosen successor fund. A key provision is that adherent members will not be able to stay with NTGPASS. The trustees of NTGPASS and the receiving fund need to be satisfied that the transfer is in the members best interest. If they are not satisfied with the chosen successor fund, adherent members can nominate an alternative fund. Once the adherent accounts are transferred to the successor fund, the transferred members will have access to a range of services not offered by