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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 _1_99_0~_~~_~~~ __ ~_~~~~~_ our northern neighbours. It has gone beyond the government, with many Territory businesses now having established contact networks which grow daily. The regional significance of our port will increase because of this government's parallel investment decisions to expand port capacity and to develop the industries which put extra cargo into the container and general cargo vessels which berth here. That is from the Ch i ef Mi ni ster' s 'Terri tory Out look for the 90s' speech of 30 November 1989 and i to was refl ected almost word for word in the response from the Leader of the Opposition's' in this debate this morning. I do not disagree with what he said, but it is pure and simple plagiarism of the ideas of the CLP government. The Leader of the Oppos it i on's proposal for someth i ng called Trade North is nothing new. It is simply a regurgitated version of initiatives wh i ch th is government has undertaken over a number of years. We are all aware that the ALP has a propensity for plagiarism. One has only to recall the rap over the knuckles which the publ ic gave the ALP candidate for Nelson, Peter Ivinson, because of his plagiarism in the past. We do not mind people picking up the good ideas of this government and espousing them further afi e 1 d. But, when they claim them for themselves and say that they are their own words of wisdom, we have something to go crook about. I would suggest that we watch very closely the ideas which the Leader of the Opposition puts forward. Certainly, any of those ideas which contain any sense at all will have been plagiarised from our documents. Obviously, an opposition which is not prepared to have an annual conference to talk about issues, policies and platform, has to steal its ideas from parties which are open about their plans for the future. I would like to give some of the history of the development of the lULA ASPAC Training Centre. About 15 months ago, I was approached by the Office of Loca 1 Government with th is idea for the estab 1 i shment of a regi ona 1 training centre in Darwin. At the time, lULA had just taken a decision to establish an Asia Pacific region and was looking for a location for the regional secretariat and the training facility. It was fairly obvious at the time that the secretariat was likely to go to Jakarta. The matter was to be discussed at the IULA conference in Perth, which I was due to attend but could not reach because of the pilots' dispute. I gave the proposal my full endorsement and said that we should look at attracting this training facility to Darwin, preferably to our university. The proposal went to Cabinet and received the overwhelming support of my colleagues. Of course, the rest is history. We were able to come up with a very good propos a 1. The Di rector of the Offi ce of Local Government, Graeme Marshall, and representatives of the Local Government Industry Training Committee, in consultation with the university, were able to come up with a proposal which received strong acceptance when the matter was discussed in Jakarta earl i er thi s year. Each of the groups i nvo 1 ved wi th the development of thi s scheme has put ina great deal of effort. The university has provided, the expertise required to develop a proposal of a ca 1 i bre acceptab 1 e to IULA. Our proposal was accepted because Darwi n is a cosmopolitan city, very much a part of Asia, and deeply involved in exchange schemes with overseas neighbours~ Both the member for Koolpinyah and the member for Jingili spoke about the lack of acknowledgement for the Northern Territory's initiatives and the way these initiatives are frequently copied by the states. That is very true. We all real i se that the states often take up programs whi ch have 9898