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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 8113 MENZIES SCHOOL OF HEALTH RESEARCH AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 163) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr ELFERINK (Health): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. The purpose of this bill is to amend the existing legislation to reframe the composition of the board of Menzies School of Health Research. The new board will be an independent, influential and skillsbased board with a governance framework which is consistent with other high-level medical research institutes within Australia to foster growth and development of northern Australia in health research, education and capacity development. The main amendments to this bill seek to strengthen the current board structure and expand the skills and expertise of the board of the Menzies School of Health Research. The expansion of the skills and expertise of board members will significantly increase the boards capacity to enhance commercial opportunities across the Northern Territory, Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. It will also address performance, risk management, marketing, and philanthropic and global engagement to further its objectives through sustainable health and equity improvements. Section 11 of the act has been amended and reframed to reflect the current best practice and board structure whereby community and business sector representatives will act swiftly in the best interest of the organisation in response to change. I commend the bill to honourable members and table a copy of the explanatory statement. Debate adjourned. FISHERIES LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 162) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr HIGGINS (Primary Industry and Fisheries): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. I am pleased to present the Fisheries Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 to honourable members. It is no secret that fishing is of great importance to the Northern Territory, be it commercial fishing that allows people to buy high-quality local fish, prawns and crabs, or Territorians and visitors wanting to catch a fresh feed for their family. Fishing is and will remain an integral part of the lifestyle for many Territorians, whether traditionally spearing a fish or mud crab along our nearly 11 000 km of coastline, fishing one of our iconic rivers or travelling offshore for a spot of reef fishing. Let us also not forget the economic boost the Territory gets each year from thousands of recreational anglers who visit to enjoy the thrill of our world-class sports fishing. Some might say there are now even more than a million good reasons as to why they will keep coming. To ensure the Territorys aquatic resources are both sustainable and optimally utilised, there is a need to make certain that the underpinning regulatory framework for our fisheries remains contemporary and effective. There is also a need to be mindful of those operating in the industry and, where possible, remove or reduce unnecessary red tape. This bill seeks to achieve these outcomes by making some long-needed amendments to the current Fisheries Act, which was enacted in 1988, some 28 years ago. As part of this governments wider reform agenda, relevant agencies were tasked with undertaking audits of industry-based legislation to ensure it remains contemporary, promotes best practice and is workable. I am pleased to say that the results of this important work are before us today in highly anticipated amendments to the Fisheries Act. The amending bill builds on a strong platform provided by the current act and, if passed by this House, will deliver an improved management framework for the future of our fisheries and aquatic resources. With respect to the broader management of our fisheries, I am pleased to say that this government, via the Fisheries Resource Sharing Framework which was released last year, is the first in the Territorys history to articulate a fair and transparent policy around the sharing of our valuable aquatic resource. This principle is to be enshrined in an amended section 2A of the act, which sets out the objectives to be followed. The updated objectives will now capture: maintaining a stewardship of aquatic resources that promotes fairness, equity and access to aquatic resources by all stakeholder groups, including: o Indigenous people o the commercial fishing, aquaculture and fishing tourism industries o amateur fishers o others with an interest in the aquatic resources of the Territory, and promoting the optimal utilisation of aquatic resources to the benefit of the community.

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