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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 7420 To the Chamber of Commerce and the many industry stakeholders and players who participated, thank you very much. Your interest and participation was welcomed. It was exciting and it added a great deal of value. I tell those people who attended, the business staff and employees, that while there is a Country Liberals government in the Northern Territory, jobs and the Country Liberals will be friends. Jobs are not friends of Labor unless they involve unions. But the Country Liberals will be your friends. Labor, where are your policies? Where is your economic plan? Where is your economic strategy? Opposition Leader, come out of hiding and say something. Stop living a small-target strategy. Do not be a coward; be a man. Have a voice. I know you are being manipulated by the member for Karama and other people who have their hands up her back and your back. You sit in this position as a weak Opposition Leader because the member for Karama, who is now an Independent, is still pulling the strings. Not only do you not have policies, an economic plan or an agenda, you do not even have the floor. We know what the member for Karama is doing; she is working with the other Independents who are about to announce their campaign on 29 November. You see a vibrant coalition opportunity, member for Karama. You still think you can be the Chief Minister. You are tying the heels of the Leader of the Opposition together. Not only does he not have a voice on policy, framework or leadership, he cannot walk because the member for Karama is holding him back. His feet are tied together; he cannot move to the left or the right. We all know what the member for Karama is doing, corralling a coalition of Independents, trying to form a coalition with Labor Ms FYLES: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 67: digression. I am not sure what this has to do with the October Business Month statement. Madam SPEAKER: There is a reasonable amount of latitude. Mr GILES: The member for Karama has hobbled the Leader of the Opposition, and unfortunately the other Labor members cannot see it. When she launches you watch. They will launch the Independents campaign on 29 November; that will be the first. You watch, they will do it here at Parliament House. Then she will seek to go to an election and will want to form a partnership with Labor, but on the proviso that she is Chief Minister. That is what she is working on. But the worst part about all of these things Ms Fyles: You are so focused on us. Ms Moss interjecting. Mr GILES: Excuse me, members for Nightcliff and Casuarina, I have given you the courtesy all week of not interrupting either of you. Try to lift the standards of debate. If you do not like the message Ms Fyles interjecting. Mr GILES: The worst part is not only does Labor not have an economic plan, narrative, framework or plan for building jobs, the ex-Leader of the Opposition, the want-to-be Chief Minister who is really a member of the Labor Party, is trying to corral other Independents in and she does not have a plan either. Look at the other side. The only former ministers over there are the members for Karama and Barkly. The people in charge of Labor have never even held office. Would you really risk the Northern Territory government being run by a person with a learner plate on their forehead? Would you risk that? That is the challenge for the Territory ... Ms Fyles: Clare Martin had not been a minister. Terry Mills had not been a minister. They were elected by the people, unlike you. Mr GILES: All we have is personal attacks by the member for Nightcliff. It shows the shallowness of your debate. You come in here screeching and screaming like every other day. I ask you, what is your economic narrative? I do not think the member for Casuarina has ever had a real job in her life ... Ms FYLES: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Offensive. Mr GILES: What is offensive? You scream at me. Ms FYLES: Standing Order 67. Madam SPEAKER: Withdraw. Mr GILES: I withdraw. Madam SPEAKER: Thank you, Chief Minister. Mr GILES: One of the important parts of life is having a job in the private sector and understanding what real work is private sector, non-government sector, public sector but you must have a job. That is one of the fundamental areas of vacancy.