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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 7430 and Byron Bay in April. The NT roadshow will complement a World Youth Student Educational Exchange event in Sydney which brings international buyers to meet one on one with Australian backpacker sector suppliers. The NT Adventure Roadshow will coincide with an NT outback pub installation to be set up at Federation Square in April, which will have an added focus on growing the youth market. This installation was in Martin Place earlier this year and was extremely successful in raising the profile of the NT. As announced at the First Ministers Meeting in September this year, we are working with the South Australian Tourism Commission on a joint backpacker marketing activity promoting travel on the Explorers Way between Adelaide and Darwin. Each jurisdiction is contributing $50 000. Tourism NT has collated a global backpacker marketing calendar for 23015-16 outlining activities for the year. Working holidaymakers are not a captive market for Australia. Our nation directly competes with other countries such as New Zealand and Canada to attract these young adventurous tourists to our shores. Earlier this month, Deloitte Access Economics revealed a sobering report into the tourism industry revealing that at least 123 000 workers will be needed across Australia by 2020. This is a clarion call for the Northern Territory, which has the lowest unemployment rate in the country at 4.5% and the nations highest participation rate of 75%. The federal government needs to understand that the NT is more reliant than other areas of Australia on working holidaymakers as both international visitors and a source of workers for seasonal labour needs. Working holidaymakers play a vital role in supplementing our labour force. Further, working holidaymakers are critical for businesses operating in our regional and remote areas, Any reduction in this source of labour in Australia will be first felt in regional areas of Australia like the Northern Territory. I am confident that by working together, the Northern Territory government and the federal government will be able to fix these problems. Ms LAWRIE (Nightcliff): Madam Speaker, I give my sincere and deepest thanks to a remarkable Territorian who I have had the pleasure of working with for seven-and-a-half years. I speak of my former electorate officer, Kerry Wetherall, who has taken a leap of faith, a career change, and has been accepted and is currently undergoing training as an Aboriginal Community Police Officer. Kerry, I believe, will not only make an exceptional and outstanding ACPO, but I hope she will go on in her career to become a fullysworn police officer. I have given her the challenge of becoming the first Indigenous Police Commissioner in the Northern Territory. I met Kerry about a decade ago when she was a young single mother. She was a parent on the Karama school council. I watched this dynamic, intelligent and insightful young woman pour her passion into improving the educational outcomes for the children of Karama school. She has enormous compassion as well. I started to pursue her for the position of electorate officer in my Karama office. She gave me a merry dance for a few years because she was enjoying running Softball NT. She particularly enjoyed the travel to remote communities that being the coordinator of Softball NT afforded her. She had the two loves of her life going on in softball and the sporting festivities namely softball in remote communities. Persistence sometimes pays off and after a couple of years she finally gave in and came to work with me at the Karama office. Kerry has been my solid rock through an incredibly tough past seven-and-a-half years, because for all that time I was either a minister, a very senior minister or the Leader of the Opposition. Only at the very end did I have the joy of becoming a full-time local member again when I stepped down from being Leader of the Opposition. Kerry and I had a very brief time fully immersed together in the office. As a rock she did everything for me and with me, but most importantly to me, she did everything for the people of Karama and Malak. We get such a variety of issues through the door, and Kerry dealt with them in her calm and confident manner. She knows it is important to me that we treat everyone with the same level of dignity and decency when they walk through the door of the Karama office. We have many mental health clients there, many people coming in and out of the electorate due to residents living in public housing, and people travelling in from remote communities. I like to think we are a very open and welcoming office for