Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)
Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987
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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 and the employment of its consultants are baseless. I await the presentation of the facts to the contrary. Speaking as one who has travelled overseas to participate in seminars, to view at first hand and to operate with our consultants in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, I can give only the highest praise for their ability to promote the Territory and their pride, not only in the Territory, but the products that they are promoting. I wish now to turn to the activities of my Department of Business, Technology and Communications and highlight the government's initiatives in its 3 main areas of operation. As members will be aware, recently the government announced its intention to place a new emphasis on industry development and the marketing of Territory products and services. In order to achieve this goal, my department has responsibility now for the development, promotion, marketing and diversification of secondary and tertiary industry, commerce and small business. The government is moving quickly to establish a new division, the prime objective of which will be to focus on industrial and commercial development. Once established that division will work with the other industry-related departments as well as the Trade and Marketing Services Bureau in promoting the expansion and diversification of the Territory's industrial base, particularly through the encouragement of local, interstate and overseas interest in Territory products and services. Specifically, the division will work to establish a liaison network with industry, the Business Consultative Council, to ensure that communication between industry and government is effective and reflected in government policy and direction. The new division will be working also to encourage investment in viable secondary and tertiary industries, particularly those with export potential. A further important initiative will be the review of legislation to ensure that any provisions impeding business efficiency are identified and recommendations_ made on the elimination of unnecessary constraints. In the area of employment and training, the department undertakes extensive liaison with industry, as well as the Commonwealth government, on appropriate labour market programs in the Territory. These areas include the Australian Traineeship System, apprenticeships and the Community Employment Program. The new Industry and Employment Training Act provides for the establishment of an advisory council to advise and make recommendations to me on matters concerning training for industry and employment. Included are training and trade apprenticeships together with the ,assessment of present and future requirements of industry for skilled and semi-skilled labour. The membership of this council is tripartite, including representation from government, employee and employer organisations. The council has power to establish specific-purpose committees which will provide government with a wide range of representative opinions ensuring training for industry employment is realistic and responsive to industry needs. The council has met on 2 occasions and has considered a wide range of issues. Members will be aware also that the Northern Territory and Commonwealth governments have formed a joint secretariat to assist in the establishment, development and delivery of traineeships. The Australian Traineeship System is a new form of vocational training which complements apprenticeships in the non-trade areas of industry. The Territory government is pleased to support this initiative, and looks forward to the expansion of traineeships as the concept gains momentum. The policy functions of communications and technology have been integrated successfully allowing these vital activities to develop in tandem with the new direction for the department. Technology and communications are key areas of development within the Territory, and the department's thrust will be to 844
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