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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 developing centres. We have reached the stage now where our immediate land needs are being met, for the most part, through projects commenced over past years. Honourable members will note that new and ongoing projects in the capital works program total some $21.6m. Apart from $6m dedicated to the development of facilities for the new University College, the bulk of this money is being spent in the major development areas of Palmerston, Katherine and Alice Springs. These projects, and those in the minor centres, will ensure that we maintain a comfortable level of land availability throughout the Territory. The level of funding made available to my department this year will allow it to continue to meet its land management and development responsibilities. We are continuing to monitor the marketplace so that we can predict and plan to meet future land needs. Whilst we have what are probably the most efficient planning and building controls in Australia, we will be able to continue our long-standing practice of review and further streamlining wherever practicable. Development of our electronic mapping and land information systems, MAPNET and LIS, will continue, thus keeping us in the forefront of this work in Australia. In short, this budget will allow the Department of Lands to meet the targets set for it by government this year. Mr Speaker, as I said earlier, I propose to answer any questions raised by members opposite in the committee stage. I commend the bill. Mr HANRAHAN (Tourism): Mr Speaker, the Northern Territory is entering a new era in its history, an era of development and consolidation which will lead us into statehood and our rightful place in the community of Australian states. We are indeed fortunate to be here during this time of historic transition and to be able to contribute to the growing strength of our region. In my opinion, the economy of the Territory is going from strength to strength. That strength is enterprise-based and it is occurring in the face of incredible odds. Despite some ridiculous federal government policies, we are still managing to survive. Honourable members are aware that Australia's balance of trade is continuing to move in a negative direction. However, members will also be aware of Territory initiatives to insulate our region from the malaise firmly entrenched in much of the rest of Australia. We are moving forward, and 1 of the strongest catalysts providing that renewed impetus in the Territory is tourism. Our tourist industry is growing rapidly, and outstripping the rates being achieved by the states. There is no mystery about why this industry is developing so effectively. It is based on professionalism in promotion, marketing and service - the essential components of any successful enterprise. The Northern Territory government's commitment to tourism was amply demonstrated in the recent budget handed down by my colleague the Treasurer. The $12m allocation for tourism represented an increase of $1.1m. This should be seen in the context of the national appropriation for the Australian Tourist Commission of $29m, an increase of just $2.9m this year. Tourism should not be regarded in isolation. Its impact is identifiable across the whole spectrum of the community. Tourism creates jobs, generates income and stimulates the construction, service and retail industries. In a region such as the Territory, tourism impacts on almost all of us to varying extents. The benefits of a sound and vital tourist industry also flow to, and indeed are supported by, other government departments such as Youth, Sport, 841