Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 Servi ces and Local Government and hi s statement. When the statement was first circulated, I wondered why the Minister for Labour, Administrative Services and Local Government was delivering it. After all, the bid was put forward by the Northern Territory Uni vers ity. Members interjecting. Mr HARRIS: Mr Speaker, I will correct that. It was done with a great deal of assistance from the local government sector. In fact, I first became aware of the contract being won by the university in June, when I received a letter from the Vice-Chancellor of the university. As I indicated, the university put forward a submission . Mr McCarthy: In response to an approach from us. Mr HARRIS. It mi ght have been done fo 11 owi ng an approach from the minister's office, but we are all working together, and I am just saying that the courses are to be conducted at the university. In putting forward that propos a 1, the uni vers i ty was strong ly ass i sted by the Northern Territory Local Government Industry Training Committee in Darwin, and I think it is important that I acknowledge a couple of gentlemen here: Mr Geoffrey Raddatz, the. Training Development .Executive, and Mr Stuart Phillpot, the Principal Research Officer. There is no doubt that this contract will bring enormous benefits to the Northern Territory, and we hea rd about some of those benef its as the honou rab 1 e mi n is ter made his statement. There was a tremendous amount of competition for this contract and I am very pleased to see that we have been abl e to wi n it for the Northern Territory. I was very pleased a 1 so to note that the Leader of the Oppos i t ion acknowledged the good work done by the Northern Territory government, particularly in relation to housing, and perhaps he should speak to his housing spokesman on that issue. I was glad to hear him tal k also about the huge potential that exists with regard to consultancy, and of our ability to export educat i on and health servi ces. Of course, government members have always acknowledged that potential and have sought to create an environment to enable this to happen, and I believe that we have been successful in achieving that. This is a positive story and I would like to indicate some of the positive aspects on the education scene in relation to our near neighbours to the north and in developing our institutions to cater for requirements in this part of the world. As I said, we have been doing this for some time. Indeed, this goes back to the days of the Darwin Institute of Technology when it was offeri ng courses to peop 1 e from Brunei. From that time, th i ngs have developed at a great rate of knots. We have been putting together the ingredients that will enable us to attract students and lecturers to th'e Northern Territory. Our own university is operating now although it was a very difficult exercise to get the university up and running. Very little support has been given by members of the opposition to the establishment of our university to ensure that we receive fair treatment in the way we are being funded for the university. They should be taking up that issue with a great deal more. vigour. Whilst they may feel that we did the wrong thing initially., the reality is that, the. university is successful. Members opposite should be striving to claim the dollars which are required to ensure that the university can continue to operate successfully in Darwin. As I said, it has 'been a difficult exercise. The federal government .had to be dragged along an the way to provide funding 9886
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