Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)
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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 Many things have been said about the old Darwin Hospital site and Myilly Terrace. As members would be aware from discussions this morning, there is a commitment to commence construction there to provide additional casino and hotel resort infrastructure within 5 years. I think enough has been said about that. There are many other smaller development proposals for tourism in mind. Hopefully, the Northern Territory Development Corporation will be able to provide some financial assistance to ensure that those particular facilities do come on line. The important thing is that we must take into consideration the South Road's completion by 1986. The South Road will be completed between Port Augusta and Kulgera. I think there is an immediate necessity to try to provide infrastructure to satisfy tourist needs after 1986. I am happy to say that the honourable member for Braitling will represent me in an exercise between the Northern Territory Development Corporation, the Northern Territory Tourist Commission and the South Australian Roads Division. They will make a trip up the South Road to examine the feasibility of further infrastructure in that area. Hopefully, that trip will take place some time after these Assembly sittings. I would like to be able to do the trip. There are plans for the Chief Minister, myself and some of the mayors of the Territory regional centres to make a trip either up the track or down the track. Hopefully, we will be in a position to advise the Assembly on our future developments. Everybody would be aware of the administrative arrangements order made on 21 December which combined industry and small business, tourism, the NTDC, the Liquor Commission, the Public Service Commissioner's Office, industrial relations and workers' compensation under one portfolio. In regard to the Workers' Compensation Inquiry, I will be making a very short statement to the Assembly in the next couple of days and I will table the report. That report will be available to the community. Once we have received submissions from the various interested groups, such as 'the unions, the insurance industry, members opposite and members within my own parliamentary wing, the government will be in a position to decide what course of action to take. The Vocational Training Commission has played a very important role in the Territory. It now comes under the Department of Industry and Small Business which is evaluating recommendations from the recent Kirby Report. My colleague, the Minister for Education, must make some amendments to his Education Act because certain portions of the VTC have been transferred to the Department of Education, such as Aboriginal training, liaison and also some of the TAFE services. It is my intention to try to maintain the VTC in its present form with some minor amendments until such time as we have had a complete chance to evaluate the Kirby Report's recommendations. I foreshadow that there will be amendments in the very near future. It is the intention of the government to maintain the purpose of the previous VTC but in a different form. The Small Business Advisory Service is preparing to launch a number of new initiatives to enable small businesses to function and presumably to make a better contribution in the Northern Territory. One must remember that some 80% of Australia's economy is dependent on small business. Some of the initiatives that we are going to take relate to financial assistance and the promotion of business, industry and product. Some might think that that is duplicating the role of the NTDC. We do not see it as a duplicating role. We see it as a supplementary role. 50
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