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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 is concerned, not only in Indonesia but also in Australia. The Northern Territory.Department of Education had to compete against a whole range of other institutions in Australia for that particular program and it won it. That program involves the supply of technical and vocational education services and training, again to the eastern provinces of Indonesia, including parts of Sulawesi, Irian Jaya, Maluku, NTT and so on. That is a milestone, ~bout that there is no doubt. I had. the privilege of participating in a team led by Geoff Spring, the Secretary of the Department of Education, which visited Jakarta about 3 years ago and I had discussions with Professor Walinono, who happens to be the Di rector-Genera 1 of Primary and Secondary Educat i on in Indones i a with respons i bil ity for tens of mill ions of students in that primary and secondary education system. He is a very influential and powerful person in the education system in Indonesia. It was at that time that we were able to negotiate that Technical and Vocational Education Training Program with Professor Wa 1 i nono, .and I am qu i te sure that that wi 11 1 ead us to great things in the future. Asian language study awards were mentioned by the minister. He told us that 18 Northern Territory primary and secondary teachers will be attending an intensive language course in Indonesia, Japan and China over the December-January school vacation under funding from the Asian Studies Council. It is. clear that we are becoming more and more involved in education and the supply of education services into that area. Of course, when I talk about the supp 1 y of educat i on serv ices, I am not ta 1 king about services that. are. funded by the Northern Territory government, or by the Northern Territory taxpayer. I am tal ki ng about servi ces that are pai d for by others, and the funding comes to the Northern Territory. The fact that the Northern Territory University is attracting more and more students from the South-east Asian area is, in itself, a great contribution to the Northern Territory economy because they all have to be accommodated, fed, transported etc. 1 spoke earl i er about the Arafura Youth Games. Of course, we all know that, in 1991, the.Northern Territory will host the Arafura Games, which is an .. adult sports carnival , and full marks, go to the Department of Youth, Sport, Recreation and Ethnic Affairs for the great work that it has done in marketing these particular games throughout the Pacific region. I-do not have the exact details but I understand that literally thousands of people willbe~ comi ngto Darwin and putting Darwin and the Northern Territory on the _map in.-the Pacific region as far as these games are concerned. As the member for Koolpinyah said a few moments ago, we are way out in front in so many,things, and she is ;absolutely right. , In 2 or3 weeks ti.me, the Darwin City Council-will host an International Sister; Cities Conference here. As. I mentioned a moment ago, I was in. Ambon some 10 days ago I went there to represent the Northern Territory gov.ernment at the conclusion of the Darwin to Ambon yacht race.: Mr SPEAKER: Order! Thehonouraple member's time has expired. Mr LANHUPUY (Arnhem):' Mr Speaker, "as have other members on this side of the House, I support the statement. Wh il st I do not claim to have the knowledge of the 'member for Jingili in relation to matters affecting the South Pacific region that lies to our north, I would like to say that members of the opposition welcome the move announced by the honourable minister. We . congratulate the Northern Territory ,government on its very successful bid for Darwin to become the Asia Pacific training centre for the 9894