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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 7399 companies here. Our success in developing the north depends on all of the above. It gives me great confidence that we have a vibrant business community that is forward-looking, which puts us in a great position for future growth. For our part, we will work hard to continue to stimulate the economy of the Northern Territory. This is what Country Liberals do and it is their way. On behalf of the Northern Territory government, I thank the 2015 OBM sponsors for their generous support and commitment to the local business community. It is through this valued sponsorship that the program is a success today. Our platinum sponsors were the National Australia Bank, Area9 and Charles Darwin University. Our gold sponsors were Paspalis and Sensis. Our silver sponsors included Merit Chartered Accountants, PwCs Indigenous Consulting, the Institute of Public Accountants and Darwin Corporate Park. Our media and major in-kind sponsors were Hot 100, Mix 104.9, Southern Cross Television, Territory Q magazine, the Darwin Convention Centre, Sun 969, 8HA radio and the NT News. Madam Speaker, I move that the Assembly take note of the statement. Mr GUNNER (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, I welcome the statement from the minister on October Business Month. I believe this is a good statement which acknowledges the work done by the many staff, businesses and others in this month of showcasing Territory business. Labor is a big supporter of the October Business Month program and the work that has to happen through the year to make sure these commitments can happen around the Territory. It is a fantastic opportunity to talk to business. The concept of October Business Month is a very good one which we acted on in government to expand and grow, and I endorse the efforts of the minister to do the same. We need to evaluate the work we do and look critically at what has to be changed and what more could be done. After every October Business Month we think about how we can better engage with and talk to business. That is one of the great advantages of October Business Month. I spoke with many people in the business community, as you do during the year, but OBM draws them together to hot spots to have conversations. I will spend time today canvassing my responses to the issues raised with me during this month. Labor strongly supports the growth and expansion of business across the Northern Territory. We view economic and population growth and development through the prism of creating jobs. Having a job gives us all a chance to live decent lives, and provides a reason for our children to stay and develop their lives here. Creating jobs drives population growth as well as our development. It is critical to make sure we can deliver good services, so we have to a focus on how we create those jobs. It needs to be at the centre of government. I believe the majority of jobs need to be created through the expansion and creativity of the private sector. You have to consider how government can support and underpin the growth and talent of the private sector. That is what a future Labor government would do, as I believe previous Labor governments have done. We will do so by providing certainty in government and policy, transparency in our relationships, investment that leverages more investment and a dedication to a coordinated promotion and marketing of the Territory that will chase major projects and markets for existing industry. I intend to unleash and embrace the innovation and emerging technologies we have in this world, and the creativity of the Territorys own private and public sector, to do that. Over the last three years certainty has not been a word you would use to describe anything done by this government. It has been quite a shameful episode in the Territorys history. We have seen 20 Cabinet reshuffles in three years and policies have been made on the run through endless thought bubbles. We need stability and certainty in government. Proper process requires good consultation and policy testing, and we are committed to this. I do not believe government should go through 180 turns. It annoys me when a new government comes in and changes something simply because the other mob did it. To build certainty for business, a Labor government will publish a rolling 10-year infrastructure program. That program will be designed to show businesses the work coming forward to allow them to plan for future works, but also to make their own investment decisions knowing what government will do and when. Labor will invest in an extensive infrastructure program because construction creates jobs in the Territory, and key infrastructure investments can leverage private sector investments and expansions, jobs and population growth if you get it right. It is critical that we get that right. We will be a well-planned, big-picture government. I want to provide certainty and growth to our capital city. I am prepared to give certainty to the Darwin city centre by backing the City of Darwin CBD master plan. I am a pro-CBD person. A CBD must be the crux of any city and help shape its character. We need to consolidate and