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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 The 29th World Congress of IULA, held in Perth in September last year, voted to establish an Asia Pacific section with its headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia. Following this decision, a training and development conference was programmed to coincide with the first IULA Asia Pacific executive meeting in February of this year. This conference considered 3 issues: the need to identify the specific training and development needs of the region; future development plans for the region; and, bids to establish the IULA Asia Pacific Training Centre from Indonesia, India, Malaysia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. The Northern Territory government, through the Offi ce of Local Government in my department, co-prepared a submission for Darwin to host the t ra in i ng centre. A great deal of input was recei ved from the Northern Territory Local Government Industry Training Committee, and I would like to acknowledge the committee's efforts because the Northern Territory won that bid against strong opposition. Our submission to IULA stressed the many advantages of Darwin as a training centre. These would be well known to honourable members, and include: our close and long-standing rel ationship with our northern neighbours, particularly Indonesia; the geographical advantages of our capital cities; the existence of a friendly, cosmopolitan and racially-tolerant atmosphere in Darwin, in which international students would feel at home; the presence of a university under the auspices of which the IULA training centre could be> established; and, the strong support of both the Northern Territory government and 1 oca 1 government industry for the proposal. As a result of this, government's efforts, we have been given a wonderful opportunity to help to shape the future of the Asia Pacific region, a region which is home to more than 1 billion people. The students who tome here wi 11 be maj or dec is i on-makers of the future.' Internat i ona 1 participants in the IULA course~ will be those managers and administrators who are responsible for the management and direction of change. They are the peop 1 e who will be mak i ng many of the dec is ions whi ch wi 11 affect the welfare of their own countries and, indirectly, the welfare of other countries in the region. As the IULA courses progress, entire levels of middle and senior management within the Asian region will have been exposed to. Territory hospitality and Territory know-how. Obviously,we too stand to learn much. The initiative will foster very strong links between us and our northern neighbours. These bonds of diplomacy, friendship and sharing of knowledge and information will augur well for the stability and harmony of our 'region. Of course, much work remains to be done. The Northern Territory Industry Training Committee has been awarded the task of preparing a strategic plan for the training centre. The Northern Territory government and the federal Offi ce of Local Government have contri buted $25 000 each towards this task. Early indications from a training needs analysis have shown that there are 2 major immediate needs - training in the fields of solid waste management and in road pavement technology. These traditional local government activities are sti 11 the source of significant problems throughout the Asia Pacific region. The learning will not be .'pie-in-the-sky' stuff. It will provide tangible and immediate benefits for the citizens of the participant countries. Other courses are planned in urban fringe development control, the role of local authorities in drug' and substance abuse, 1 i qui dwaste management and senior management and pub 1 i c administration training.' The Northern Territory University is developing such courses, us i ng a, mi xture of Terri tory and i nterstate'expert i se. We should see the first students arrive in Darwin late this year to begin their studies. 9882

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