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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 7412 strength. October Business Month for my electorate in Katherine is extremely important. It not only brings many businesses together for networking but provides 31 days full of all sorts of events like free workshops. Our October Business Month dinner in Katherine is famous and legendary across the Territory. It is one of the best-attended OBM dinners, if not the best attended. It always sells out. I give credit to the local staff of the Department of Business in Katherine Morag, Roz and Andrew for the hard work they put in to making October Business Month in Katherine a screaming success. Many other people in the Department of Business work very hard making sure October Business Month is a success. I have had interactions with a number of those people over the years in their preparations for OBM. The October Business Month initiative is something we wish to continue. The Country Liberals government is very proud to support business. It is not the only way we support businesses across the Territory. Diversifying our economy has been a catchcry of this government for a very long time. Diversification across the pastoral sector is a great example of how diversifying our economy works. Diversifying our live cattle markets across southeast Asia is something this government has worked exceedingly hard on over the past three years. It is another example of how diversifying our economy will help small businesses in our jurisdiction. I commend the Minister for Business for bringing this statement to the House and the member for Brennan for his contribution. He is very passionate about supporting small business across the Northern Territory. This Country Liberals government is the only government that can support businesses in the Northern Territory in the manner they deserve. Simply put, you would not trust Labor to run small business in the Territory. I mentioned before that I do not think any of the current crop of Labor politicians have ever worked in the construction sector. I am pretty sure none of them have ever worked in small business either ... Mr Vowles interjecting. Mr WESTRA van HOLTHE: I apologise, perhaps the member for Johnston has worked in the construction industry. I do not think any of them have been involved in small business so they do not get small business ... Madam SPEAKER: Honourable member, your time has expired. Debate suspended. The Assembly suspended. PETITION Petition No 57 Unsuitable Prisoners in Datjala Work Camp Ms WALKER (Nhulunbuy)(by leave): Madam Speaker, I present a petition not conforming with standing orders from 511 petitioners relating to unsuitable prisoners in Datjala work camp in Nhulunbuy. I move that the petition be read. Motion agreed to; petition read: On 10th November 2015, convicted rapist and murderer Edward Horrell escaped from Datjala Work Camp in Nhulunbuy, 200 m from a local primary school. The government assures Nhulunbuy residents that no sex offenders or prisoners of public interest are considered for placement in the Datjala camp. This promise has been badly broken, resulting in a murderer being on the run in Nhulunbuy for 24 hours. Placement of sex offenders and murderers in the camp is simply unacceptable, considering it is low-level security. We, the undersigned, immediately demand the following from the NT government: 1. that Nhulunbuy residents are never endangered like this again. 2. that the NT government commit to never again housing unsuitable prisoners in Datjala Work Camp. 3. that all person/s responsible for the decision to house Edward Horrell at Datjala Work Camp be immediately and permanently sacked from the public service. TABLED PAPER Ice Select Committee Report Breaking the Ice: Inquiry into ice use in the Northern Territory Mr BARRETT (Blain): Madam Speaker, today I table the Ice Select Committee report Breaking the Ice: Inquiry into ice use in the Northern Territory. Crystal methamphetamine, colloquially known as ice, is a particularly insidious drug. The committee found that ice is an emerging issue of concern that has a devastating impact on families,