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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 Mr FINCH (Wagaman): MrDeputy Speaker, I am pleased to speak this afternoon to the address in reply but, unlike the Deputy Leader of the Opposition, I found a great deal of comfort yesterday in the Administrator's address. I found comfort in the continuation of the progressive and vital nature of industrial and economic development in the Northern Terr,itory . It is through this development that we have developed an attitude in businesses and amongst the population generally that has led to an increase in real and meaningful jobs. My impression about that is quite unlike that of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition. I am quite certain that his approach to stat'istics is questionable. We have heard in this Assembly before his interpretation of employment figures and I guess that is where we tend sometimes to come unstuck. The real fact is that long-term jobs have been 'created by the attitude and approach of this government. To take a broad overview of the Administrator's address, ,one can only be impressed with the identification of this vital economic development. Personally, I see a great deal of interest in industry and the small business area. This government has been able to attract new businesses and new industries increasingly and to encourage the proper development of really, viable businesses in the Northern Territory, particularly in the Darwin area. These increases in industry and business are of benefit to the Territory population both directly and indirectly. The direct benefits, naturally enough, are reflected in the creation of jobs. We see an increase in the market for local materials and supplies and an increase in the calIon local technology through consultants and other subs,idiary and secondary businesses. The indirect benefits that come from this broadening of the economic base are reflected in housing construction, development .of broader and more modern infrastructural facilities and the improvement of the viability of our air, road and sea transport. I am sure that we will see a year of improvement in ocean transportation through improved economies on the wharf. Of course, the broadening of this industrial base helps to provide a better range of services for the local community and this was identified in the Administrator's address. We heard the member for Sadadeen comment on the new cement plant which is operating in the Darwin area. I envisage that, with the vital growth of the Territory and the approach to marketing interstate and internationally, it will not be too long before we see an upgrading of that plant to provide a much mOTe complete production of cement as opposed to the current crushing of imported clinker. The ment.ion of exporting clay bricks and other building materials to Southeast Asia does not surprise me at all, Mr Deputy Speaker. Quite obviously, the technology and development of building materials in the South-east Asian area is fairly well behind the times. It is not simply a matter of transporting clay bricks which one might smugly think is duplicating what native people might produce in the back hills of Indonesia, but rather a matter of exporting high quality, architecturally-finished building materials. Together with these building materials is the technology of constructing clay bricks for high wind areas. The combination of the technology and the product itself leaves no doubt in my mind' that we have more than just the materials themselves to export. Certainly, we are able to export some of that knowledge. Mr Deputy Speaker, I have spoken broadly about economic development. I intended to speak only very briefly this afternoon. There is no doubt in my mind that this government is about growth. It i.s about enterprise and, therefore, about the development of jobs. With the infrastructural development 63

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