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Debates and Questions - Day 2 - 5 May 2021



Debates and Questions - Day 2 - 5 May 2021

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Debates and Questions Wednesday 5 May 2021 Meeting No 18 1433 The Member for Spillett tries to rewrite history. She sat here, just behind me, for four years, She was a ministeronly for a week, but she was a minister. She was part of that Cabinet and the CLP. She has tried to ignore that and rewrite history. But Territorians will not forget the midnight coups, the chaos, the division, the dysfunction, the selling off of TIO, the leasing of our portwhich is now again under investigation. They will not forget the hundreds of millions of dollars that were cut from Education. They will not forget the shambles in the Health system. The Leader of the Opposition had a bit of a rant and rave about a Health system bill that will come into the House these sittings. When the CLP was in government, it introduced a chaotic paid parking system at Royal Darwin Hospital, failed to deliver a PET scanner and used the medihotel at Royal Darwin Hospital for their disastrous alcohol mandatory treatment program where people could escape and then let themselves back in. They failed regarding the Palmerston Regional Hospital. They dug a hole, had a media stunt, filled it back in and did nothing. They failed to deliver remote clinics in the bush when the federal Labor government, under Warren Snowdons leadership, had delivered the funding for those clinics. They failed all of the milestones they had to meet. They failed renal services. This is relevant to this budget, because it delivers for healthcare and Territorians. They failed the people of Central Australia. Yesterday we heard commentary in the House about this budget not delivering. My colleagues had spoken and the Chief Minister had clearly outlined how this budget delivers for all Territorians. They failed to plan for infrastructure or clinical services in Alice Springs. They failed to address a car parking issue. They had the funding for a dedicated hospice and were building the project, but they somehow wanted to turn it into a multipurpose centre. They did not deliver the staff accommodation and the list goes on. I am proud of this budget, which delivers for the healthcare of Territorians. When the CLP was in government it cut, cut, cut. I know we say jobs, jobs, jobs and cut, cut, cut and it becomes Mr Maley interjecting. Ms FYLES: Mr Interjectionsthe Member for Nelsonis back; get your standing orders ready, Madam Speaker. The reason we need to say those words is because it is true. On this side we are creating jobs for Territorians across the Territory, whether it is Aboriginal rangers or attracting big companies. Mr Edgington: You are cutting them in the Barkly. You are cutting them all. Ms FYLES: The Member for Barkly will be claiming these jobs on his social media pages soon. Our government has diversified the economy. We cannot sustain the peaks and troughs in the Territory. When we achieved self-government we had the Bagot Road overpass, other significant infrastructure projects in the early 1990s and this amazing State Square Precinct. It is great to see a Labor government getting on and finishing that job and I commend the minister for Infrastructure. It is amazing to walk out the front of this building and see the cleared space and that vision coming to life. We went from project to project, a boom-and-bust cycle, which flowed into the railway, ConocoPhillips and the huge INPEX project. We need to diversify the economy and attractions to the Territory for stability. I want to highlight the Leader of the Oppositions criticism of our infrastructure programs. She does not understand how program works against the cash budget. The minister for Infrastructure explained that; perhaps the Member for Nelson might start listening. One of the State Square projects is the underground carpark. You would think that the Leader of the Opposition does not like the car park and thinks it was a terrible waste of money. I do not know if she puts her blinkers on when she walks outside the building. It is fantastic, when you compare it to 12 months ago; the greenspace is really coming along with the amazing Wet Season we had. It is a contrast to the job description to be a policy adviser in the opposition office. One of the top three reasons to work for the CLP is you get a designated undercover car parking space. The opposition comes here and bags these projects, yet they proudly claim them in the top three reasons to work for the CLP. An underground car park would be a good reason compared to the chaos under the CLP government.

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