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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 asked how much spice we use every year. Probably, we do not use a great deal in the Territory, but there is a considerable amount of spice used in the manufacture of food in the south. Mr Palmer: Bulk spice carriers. Mr SETTER: Not bulk spice carriers at all. Spice could be transported in bulk-packaged form - in containers or in large cartons. Mr Speaker, there is the potential to develop trade in many products. Nortrade, the Department of Industries and Development and the Trade Development Zone have been promoting the Port of Darwin and the Northern Territory over a number of years in South-east Asia. On many occasions, visits have been made to that area to hold seminars and attend trade fairs. Business groups have been encouraged to visit Darwin and I understand there is one here at the moment in the Trade Development Zone. Mr Coulter: 43 people. Mr SETTER: 43 people have come to look at the Trade Development Zone. Relationships are developing. Recently, I was in Jakarta with the Chief Minister and with a group of Northern Territory businessmen. \Ale held discussions with people from Kadin, which is the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and also with the Australian Indonesian Business Cooperation Group which is a subcommittee of Kadin. We held discussions with the Indonesian Junior Minister of Trade and his executive staff. I can assure honourable members that, as far as trade with the Indonesians is concerned, the future looks very bri ght indeed. They are extremely keen to improve the ir trade ~Jith Australia and they have enormous confidence in the Northern Territory. We are very well placed to take advantage of the groundwork that has been done and the good relationships that have been developed to put in place, by way of the cost-benefit analysis to which I referred earlier, the land-bridge concept which we have dreamed about for so long. In closing, I would like to compliment the minister on his statement. There are some very positive and encouraging remarks in that document. I would like to commend him for putting it together and bringing it to the attention of the House. Mr FI NCH (Trans port and Works): ~1r Deputy Speaker, I than k honourable members for their positive statements. It certainly is time to be positive and confident about the future of the Northern Territory. The future of the Northern Territory wi 11 hinge on the future performance of the Port of Darwi n as much as on any other single form of transport infrastructure. Of course, the port is only one component of the total transport chain and, in today's statement, I have concentrated on it deliberately. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition is correct in saying that there are other stories which need to be told. For example, the mooring basin has been the subject of past debate ~nd of questions put in the House. I sought to make 2 principal points in the statement and, judging by honourable members' responses, it seems that that has been achieved. The first is that we have progressed from the dim, dark ages of the ]960s. The historic reputation that surrounded the Port of Darwin is being turned around and I have evidence of that from rumerous places. Secondly, I have sought to indicate how we can continue to improve and so ensure that the Port of Darwin becomes a most effective and efficient port. We will achieve that, firstly, through industrial arrangements. 5597

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