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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 7397 and distance from other states. Big names in business, industry leaders and inspirational individuals make their way to Darwin and our regional centres throughout the month. October Business Month has now become a feast of inspirational, educational and professional development events, supporting local business to advance and compete in the ever-changing business world. There is no doubt this Country Liberals government initiative was visionary and has stood the test of time. Territorians have voted with their feet in support of October Business Month with a record this year of 9332 people attending 183 events. It has been a brilliant year for October Business Month, with the Country Liberals government putting a strong focus on women in leadership, Indigenous business, finance, marketing, social media, business technology and business in Asia. On 1 October Ruslan Kogan, founder and CEO of Kogan.com, officially opened the month of events in Alice Springs and then Darwin. Ruslan shared his start-up story and how he has become one of Australias most successful entrepreneurs. He grew his company into a multinational consumer electronics and online retail business with millions of customers. In nine years the company has gone from garage to global, becoming one of the most efficient retailers in the world. Ruslan shared his story to help inspire budding business entrepreneurs. Founding RedBalloon in 2001, Naomi Simson became one of Australias tech success stories. From an idea and persistence, RedBalloon.com has now sold more than two-and-a-half million experiences. Some of those in Darwin and the Top End include exploring Darwins natural harbour, with experiences such as sailing, fishing and jet boating, or for those seeking more of an adrenalin rush, hot laps in a V8 race car. Naomi shared her trials and tribulations as an entrepreneur, speaker, director, chair, mother, author, blogger, innovator and now TV personality as a shark on Shark Tank Australia. Getting an insight into what it was like for Naomi working with big brands such as IBM, Apple, KPMG and Ansett Airlines all of which influenced who she is today was a real pleasure to those in the audience at the Darwin Convention Centre. Naomi is committed to making the world a better place by sharing tips on happiness and business lessons, and advice to those on their own career journey, entrepreneurial or not. October Business Month provides a platform for Territorians to network and meet industry icons. A very vibrant Lisa Messenger, game-changing Editor-in-Chief of Collective magazine, and owner and creative director of the Messenger Group, is one of those icons. Collective magazine is a top10-selling magazine in Australia which distributes to 21 countries worldwide. Lisa has worked globally in events, sponsorship, marketing, PR and publishing. She has authored more than 17 books and is a regular commenter on business, entrepreneurialism and property. She has also sat on a number of boards, including the Australian Businesswomens Network and Publishers Australia. Lisa is a three-time finalist in the Telstra Businesswoman of the Year Awards, and won Alumni of the Year for Southern Cross University. She trekked across India raising money for charity, has ridden camels in the Sahara just for fun and has laughed her way through communal showers in the Costa Rican jungle in the name of personal development. Lisa is a great example of utilising passion to challenge individuals and corporations to change the way they think, take them out of their comfort zone and prove there is more than one way to do anything. This is a skill she encourages and her entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, innovation and living life to the absolute max is evidence of her success. I am told that most mornings she wakes up and pinches herself as to how incredible her life is, but she is also acutely aware and honest about lifes bumps and tumbles along the way. Lisa is a serial entrepreneur, an avid traveller and, like Territorians, has a fascination for continual growth. High-calibre keynote presenters continued through October Business Month with David De Garis, NABs Director and Senior Economist providing an outlook for the Territory and what these factors mean for the economy and businesses to a small group in Nhulunbuy. Industry icon renowned chef and restaurateur Matt Moran took to the kitchen at Wharf One Food & Wine, and provided an exclusive industry master class for a small eager crowd on 21 October with some of the NTs leading head chefs and restaurant owners. The food was true to his paddock-to-the-plate style, embracing delicious, honest food using locally-sourced Territory produce. Matt also joined hundreds of NT business leaders at the Darwin Gala Business Dinner where he spoke from a base of personal experience and knowledge. Matts story from a simple background, his journey to success and his pitfalls and triumphs along the way was motivating and inspiring. Four-time Olympic Gold medallist and businessman Stephen Bradbury brought a fresh and uniquely Australian feel to Tennant Creek and