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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 7405 This list goes on and on about real jobs and work that has been tendered out by this government to stimulate local work, employing locals ... Ms Fyles: Oh, it must be an election year. Mr CHANDLER: We can listen to the rot and rhetoric Labor is so good at talking, but these are real facts and figures that show that real work is going on. We are stimulating the economy through providing projects to local companies. I could go on about all these other projects that have been awarded to different local companies worth millions and millions of dollars and providing jobs. At the paediatric wards and the negative pressure room refurbishment of Royal Darwin Hospital, Sitzlers commenced demolition of asbestos materials within the ward and will commence masonry demolition by 13 November 2015. There is Allied Health Stage 2 at Royal Darwin Hospital with a $40m capital improvement project, including Royal Darwin Hospital high voltage infrastructure and associated works, and the Royal Darwin Hospital master plan. The construction contract is well down the road of constructing the Palmerston hospital ... Mr Wood interjecting. Mr CHANDLER: People might laugh and joke about holes in the ground and so forth all part of a job to build a new hospital. The reality is Ms Walker: It is in the ground and is filled in. Mr CHANDLER: They are laughing at this. What I laughed about is the fact that when that concrete was poured it was still more work than the previous government had done in nearly 12 years of government in building a Palmerston hospital. The only thing they built at Palmerston in the last 12 years of government was what you would call a chook pen. It was a great big fence around a site, a couple of brand-new pieces of rock-moving equipment a backhoe I think they moved into there at one stage to take some photos . Ms Walker: It would have been built by now and operating. Mr CHANDLER: All they did was provide a fence for their former candidate for Brennan to put his corflute signs all the way around. We counted about 200 signs around that fence at one stage. That was a stunt. The difference is we have a government that has been working behind the scenes to get the right hospital in place which will provide for the longterm benefits of not only people in Palmerston but the entire rural area. We took a hospital that would have been constructed under Labor of around 50 or 60 beds, I think it was, to a hospital of 116 beds and moved it, to be honest, into a far better position Mr Wood interjecting. Mr CHANDLER: You will argue whether Palmerston is a rural area all rhetoric. Let us not talk about lines in the sand. Let us talk about a better positioned hospital that will cater for the needs of not only Palmerston residents but also rural residents, who are just as important. They will have better access to better services at a better hospital put together by this government, which is working with business every day. Labor members hate the fact that this government has been as successful as it has been ... Mr ELFERINK: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Pursuant to Standing Order 77 I move an extension of time for the minister. Motion agreed to. Mr CHANDLER: I will not keep you for much longer but I have page after page of things this government have done that is stimulating the economy. Those things have taken this government from an austerity government to a prosperity government. I am excited; I can feel it. The community and I know what is happening out there. Ask the businesses that attended October Business Month functions what work is going on and how we are stimulating the economy. For what reason? To create jobs and make sure people have a future in the Northern Territory. We do not just talk about it or come up with the motherhood statements. We are not as good at advertising as the Labor government has been in the past. The Labor opposition is good at that today Members interjecting. Mr CHANDLER: They get hot under the collar because they do not like what they see. They do not like to see success. They like to keep the community as little mushrooms so they can control them. They do not like success. They do not like anything we are doing in education, giving autonomy and decision-making back to where it should be. They do not like that businesses are successful today because we are stimulating the economy. Why? Because now we have the money to do that due to very good decisions ... Ms Walker: Because you sold off public assets. Mr CHANDLER: No. I tell you where we are going here. They do not like the approach of this