Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 international agreements for training staff are a very astute and profitable means by which to develop and maintairr trading links. The program that the minister has embarked on, although it is directed at local government, will have the same impact on the Territory in the years to come. At the end of the day, many of the people who will come here for these tra i ni ng programs wi 11 look to the Northern Terri tory for ass i stance in a whole range of fields. Subtly and quietly, we will become natural trading partners of the countries from whence these people 'come. It is a great initiative. I think it will stand the Territory in good stead in the years to come and I commend the minister for it. Mr McCARTHY (Labour, Administrative Services and Local Government): Mr Deputy Speaker, I thank honourable members for their comments and general support for this proposal. Of course, we did not expect anybody to feel that it was anything other than a posihve move. A range of comments were made by various members. I should take issue with the continuing plagiarism of CLP ideas by the opposition. I did not intend to ta~e issue with comments because, in fact, most of them were very supportive. of what I had to say. However, when one looks back over what has be,en said in the past and,compares it with comments made today by the Leader of the Oppos it i on, one recogn i ses that ou r ideas get through eventually because they come, back out of the mouth of the'Leader of the Opposition. If we compare the ,Ch:ief Minister's statement "on 'Territory Outlook for the 90s', whi.ch he del i.vered in this Assembly on 13 November 1989, with the comments made by the ,Leader of the Oppos it i on this morning, we find that the Leader of the Opposition's words were pure plagiarism of the Chief Minister's words. I will quote a few to indicate to readers of the Parliamentary Record how close they are. In November 1989, the Chief Minister said: The new decade will see the Territory assume a new dimension in regional affairs as our future intertwines closely with the vibrant economies to our north. Darwin's ::location and the shrinkage of distance through the innovation of modern communications technology provide the prospect for our capital to evolve into a service centre in the professions, including law, accountancy, medicine, engineering, design and architecture. It is within the realms of ; possibility that some Asian-based trading investment houses may in the new decade consider Darwin, as a suitable alternative base . from which to administer their regional assets. The relatively high and accelerating costs of maintaining a substantial corporate presence in most AS,ian capital s, coupled with ,the doubts about thei r own future among many Hong Kong-based companies, makes this a real possibility. Student exchanges, now a feature of our education system, are but one initial step in this process. Because of language and social familiarity, the new generations of business leaders and professionals will move" more easily within each other's communities. Education is an economic enterprise and today's Territory has set the pace for the states in Australia's reg,ional relationships. Trade, touri sm and, major project development are accomp 1 is,hing the long-term policy laid down by this gover-nmentin 1978 to seek mutua 1 areas for economi c coop,erat i on between the Territory and 9897'
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