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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 7438 Caicos Islands; Rebecca White from Tasmania; Drew Smith from Scotland; Gavin Schuker from Britain; and Gareth Ward from the New South Wales parliament. We all had a great time. We probably were a little too much into the debate at times and were called strangers on the floor of the House at one point, but there was a great debate on a human rights bill. There was a vote of no confidence and a government walk-out at one stage; they really got into it. I was mentoring the Independents Betty-May Bibi, Marcellus Baxter Enlanga who joined a party and Clare McCorkindale, and we gained an Independent, Garrick Garvey, on the last day. It was a pleasure to get to know those young people and hear their stories. They represented Australia, New Zealand and other countries. The Leader of the Opposition and the Chief Minister, Cassandra Attwood and Andrew Newton, changed roles mid-program when the government lost the vote of no confidence. They provided excellent leadership to their groups and should be very proud of their performance throughout the week. A massive thank you and acknowledgement to Ben Harris, our Serjeant-at-Arms; Michael Tatham; and Karen Parker in Parliamentary Education. I really do not want to miss anybody so I thank everybody involved with bringing the program to the Northern Territory, including all the CPA staff who came and participated throughout the week. It was good fun. Thank you for your hospitality also, Madam Speaker. I know those young people enjoyed themselves. Over the weekend I had the opportunity to meet with Kaleidoscope participants from Multicultural Youth NT. Kaleidoscope is an annual youth leadership summit held in Darwin. I was pleased to provide some support to that this year. They go on a retreat for a few days with mentors from Multicultural Youth NT, who are renowned for their excellent work and advocacy for other young people. They talked to me about the projects they are looking to get off the ground. Those projects range from issues about climate change, drug and alcohol-free activities for young people, greater access to theatre and music programs in Palmerston for young people and a body image project and how we can get body image workshops in schools, which is an issue that is close to my heart. It was lovely to hear from them about some of the things they would like to see in their community. I have opened my door to them and I hope others do as well. They are inspiring young people who are contributing so much to our community. I also take the opportunity to talk about the Midnight Basketball Darwin competition which has been held in Marrara over the last six weeks. It is an eight-week program run by the City of Darwin. There are around 50 young people involved in that program. They currently have a waiting list because of how many young people are interested in joining that program, which they have found out about through word of mouth. It gives young people, especially those at risk, something to do on a Saturday night. They are enjoying the program. There is a no-workshop, no-jump policy, so they go through a range of workshops with local stakeholders, including police and community services. They talk about a range of important topics over the course of the eight weeks. There are brilliant young people engaged in the program. I congratulate Richelle Hedstrom, Brittany Ward and Freya Bundey from Red Cross, who have put an enormous amount of time into running the program. I hope to see it expanded. It would be great to see that program in Palmerston and to keep it going in the northern suburbs. Mr WESTRA van HOLTHE (Katherine): Madam Speaker, tonight I talk about the Country Liberals governments commitment to connecting regional centres across the Northern Territory. For some time, the Transport minister, Peter Chandler, and I have been discussing the need for a regional air route. We have worked hard behind the scenes to make this dream a reality. In fact, it was the opposition and I would be hazarding a guess that it was 2010 which began a conversation with Airnorth to look at the possibility of reestablishing what was colloquially known as the milk run. It is wonderful to see it finally come to fruition. Last month, on 19 October, minister Chandler and I were thrilled to be seated on the inaugural as they now call it Centre run Airnorth flight between Darwin and Katherine and all points beyond, including Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. This service is committed to connecting all Territorians, looping between Darwin, Katherine, Tennant Creek and Alice Springs and back again later that day. Getting this service off the ground was not an easy feat, but I am pleased we were able to go through a positive negotiation process with Territory-owned and operated business Airnorth. I commend my colleague, minister Chandler, on his tireless efforts in making this happen.