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Debates Day 2 - Tuesday 20 April 2016



Debates Day 2 - Tuesday 20 April 2016

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Parliamentary Record 28


Debates for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016




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DEBATES Wednesday 20 April 2016 8133 last year, and with input from other ministers we agreed the Chief Minister drove this that all royalties from onshore gas would go into education. That is about making us the knowledge state, and creating opportunities for young Territorians and people who may wish to upskill or change in the middle of their working life. This is about ordinary mums and dads in Anula, Wulagi, Sanderson, Nhulunbuy, Port Darwin and the Tiwi Islands. Tiwi Island kids can come in on scholarships to take those jobs. These are the high-end jobs we all talk about. It is about making sure our children, and some adults in our community, have a go at training or retraining so they can get the highvalue jobs and put that money into the Northern Territory economy. That is the secret. When looking at how to do that we on this side are fine; we are happy. Mr ELFERINK: A point of order, Mr Deputy Speaker! I request an extension of time for the member, pursuant to Standing Order 43. Motion agreed to. Mr STYLES: Thank you, member for Port Darwin and Mr Deputy Speaker. The government recently released the Boosting Our Economy package. We listened to industry and looked at what we could do. These are small packages for mum and dad businesses the painters, the chippies, the tilers and a lot is in schools. Members opposite from time to time say we need more work and better facilities. Facilities are terrific, and you want to ensure that kids have nice facilities at school, although they are not essential. In developing countries you find engineers, doctors and people who studied under a tree, but we are further down the continuum than those countries and fortunate to have the facilities we do. Much of our $100m Boosting Our Economy package is going to schools and school communities. With regard to international students, investors say they are looking for high-value, high paid people in jobs of a technical nature engineering, the petrochemical business, electrical engineering and all those high-end jobs. They are also looking for people skilled in other areas. It might be fabricators, welders or people with skills to run plants. This is what we are looking at in the VET and higher education sectors, where we need to train local people. To that end, we will create incubators for international students because many will come here to study, do their masters and PhD here and, while they are doing that, have the opportunity to go to incubators where they can develop ideas. Many of these young people are entrepreneurial, and the Department of Business will provide a way forward for them to develop their stuff in the Territory so we can take technology and innovation to the world. I opened the ICT forum at the Convention Centre this morning. Many Territory companies put on display a lot of the technology innovated in the Territory. Some of it was from around the world, but what a fantastic opportunity for our local people to showcase what we are doing in the Territory. The employee/employer incentives the Department of Business has created in getting apprenticeships there are incentives for employers to take on apprentices and incentives for apprentices. Anyone listening who does not know about this, ring the Department of Business or get on the website and see what is happening. With regard to onshore gas, the Giles government supports the environmentally responsible and rigorous regulations which will be put in place this term to support the shale gas industry. This is different to coal seam gas extraction. We do not engage in coal seam fracking in the NT; we do shale gas fracking, which is totally different in nature. The 6300 jobs are on top of the jobs already in the onshore gas industry, which the opposition wants to shut down, as announced in this House. I will quote the member for Barklys statement from the Hansard last night: Territory Labor proposes a moratorium covering all unconventional gas prospecting, exploration and extraction activities. That is pretty clear; you cannot say it is incorrect. Labor members on radio this morning said that is not correct. I refer those Labor members to the Hansard and what was said in parliament last night. We are asking people to make a clear decision. Do they want a vibrant economy to pay for the things I have mentioned, or do they want to shut down industry? This is just gas. We are talking about water and agriculture, and the opposition is talking about reviewing water licences and, if necessary, removing some issued since 2012. Business and industry do not have certainty. If you introduce sovereign risk you introduce a massive risk for shareholders of investing companies. Those companies have said if Labor gets in they will not bring their money to the Territory. Over $1bn of investment has already

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