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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (15 March 1983)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (15 March 1983)


Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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DEBATES - Tuesday 15 March 1983 standards in remote communities. Bearing in mind figures that show the high incidence of alcohol-related illness, every effort will be made to educate Territorians to the dangers an~ problems associated with the abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Community health centres will be established in new areas as the Territory's population grows and as existing urban areas expand. With the youngest and most active population in the country, facilities for sport command much attention from my government. Territorians are beginning to make their mark on the national sporting scene. To ensure that this trend continues, sport and recreational venues, such as the Marrara indoor stadium, will continue to receive support. Whilst firmly believing in the principle of self help, my government will continue the travel subsidy program that has given so many of our sportsmen and women the opportunity to face national and international competition and thus to make their mark on the sporting scene. To develop sporting skills at home, there will be increased assistance for coaching. My government will foster the establishment of youth centres and similar facilities where they are needed and is moving to implement the recommendations of the Manzie Committee Report. It is also expected that the new juvenile justice and child welfare legislation will be introduced during this sittings. Community welfare and development programs will be carried forward, but my government will do all it can to minimise the need for such programs by encouraging the growth of the Territory economy. Prosperity is the best antidote to the need for welfare assistance and my government aims to maximise employment prospects for Territorians. More and more older people are remaining in the Territory and the need for supportive services for them grows. Positive efforts, such as the pensioner air fare scheme, have been made to encourage this trend, and my government will continue to enhance its program for the elderly. New prospects are opening up in agriculture and horticulture. Whilst the cattle industry remains the mainstay of the Territory rural scene, the future is looking bright in other rural industries, despite setbacks in crop production this year due to the unseasonally dry weather. The relevant government agencies will continue their supportive role, particularly during periods when factors beyond anyone's control have cut into production figures. Legislation will be introduced for a Northern Territory grain marketing board which will involve growers in the process of marketing their crops. In the fishing industry, for which high hopes have been held, the future remains less clear. Considerable re-evaluation will have to take place within the prawning sector of the industry. Also, the worth to the Territory of current overseas fishing arrangements made by the Australian government is questionable. Nevertheless, efforts by my government to secure better management of fisheries resources and an enhanced contribution by fishing to Territory growth will . I continue. . The provision of reliable and economic modes of transport is of unceasing concern to my government. Every industry -mining, tourism, manufacturing, pastoral and agricultural - requires reliable and cost-competitive transport because of the long distances involved. The Alice Springs to Darwin rail link will revolutionise transport in the Territory and, in the light of that . development , my government will examine the necessity for a reorientation of its roads policy. Towards this end, my government has committed itself, if the approval of Aboriginal land owners can be obtained, to construct a sealed road to Nhulunbuy. This should lead to considerably improved services for isolated ommunities along the way. 3

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