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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)



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 leavers, including the School Leaver Employment Program. This is being conducted across the NTPS to encourage and facilitate the employment of young adults in the Territory. Aboriginal people are eligible, regardless of age. Departments and authorities are responsible for implementing this program. As at 31 March this year, the School Leaver Employment Program was responsible for placing 235 base-grade school leavers, 64 apprentices and 34 trainees. The budget brought down by the Territory's third Treasurer is a responsible budget. It is a balanced budget, aimed at maintaining high standards of services to Territorians whilst exercising restraint. The budget was framed to ensure the continuing expansion of the Territory's economy by sustaining a cl imate .conducive to private sector growth. Mr Speaker, you will note that I have not bothered to comment on the Leader of the Opposition's response to the budget. He has done nothing more than carp and niggle about petty items whilst seeking to distort the economic policies of this government. The key element is that we do have policies whereas the opposition is. still looking for a few to hang its hat on. I, for one, will not hold my breath. Successive CLP governments have brought down balanced budgets which have promoted the development of the Northern Territory. Labor governments, thrQughout Australia, have proven themselves incapable of sound economic management. From the comments of members opposite, we would have an even worse situation should they ever,God help us, find themselves on this side of the Assembly. Mr B. COLLINS (Arafura): Mr Deputy Speaker, I wish to canvass a number of issues briefly in this second-reading debate on 'the Appropriation Bill. I will reserve some other matters until the committee stage because of an unavoidable commitment that I have in 10 minutes. This has been another long day, which surprises me because we are supposed to be sitting over 3 weeks. Mr D. W. Co 11 ins: If you have the capacity to stay wi th it. Mr B. COLLINS: It does not take much to get the peanut gallery going here, even late in the day. Mr Oale: We have to listen to something. MrDEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr B. COLLINS: Mr Deputy Speaker, despite the ratbag comments from those opposite, I wish to congratulate the government on a number of initiatives that I think worthy of commendation. The first, which I believe to be pre-eminently the most important, is the completion of work on the Alice Springs to .Darwin gas pipeline. This has been the subject of a number of debates in the Legislative Assembly on previou~ occasions when I have described it unreservedly as one of the most significant developments in terms of the future prosperity of the Northern Territory and its economic development. For many years, we have been plagued by a problem inherited at self-government. I refer, of course, to the diesel-fired power-station which WqS grossly outdated and an atrociously expensive waste of that resource for the generation of power. Indeed, although people in the industry concede quite rightly that perhaps the use of natural gas is not appropriate for the generation of electricity when other means are available, it is certainly a fortuitous fact for the Northern Territory that we have such a valuable indigenous source of power that is likely 1;0 last for the rest of the lifetime of the members occupying the seats in this current Assembly. 817

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