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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 1481 making sure they have quality education that leads on to jobs and further study. It is a universal desire and it is one we need to take action on. There is no doubt that we need to do all we can to support the most vulnerable of our young people. It is a conversation I wish we had more of in this House with more conversations about education and demonstrated shared value for a well-resourced education system. We also should not lose sight of the incredible achievements that so many young Territorians are involved in on a daily basis. We need to continue to celebrate that. Last year, 98 students at Centralian Senior College complete their NTCET. That is an increase of 18 from the previous year; it included 32 Aboriginal students. Each one of those young people should be incredibly proud of the work they have done. It takes hard work to complete school. No doubt they will go away and play really important roles in our community. I do not want that to get lost. We need to be celebrating those things and highlighting the young role models in the Alice Springs community and the Northern Territory community more broadly. Our kids are the heart and soul of the Northern Territory. It is up to us to make sure that we are supporting them to lead constructive, healthy and happy lives. This is a day for opposition and Independent business, but it is incredibly disappointing not to have heard any messages today of valuing our public education system and the role it has to play in the future of the Northern Territory, paving better pathways and outcomes for young Territorians. I appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this motion. Mrs FINOCCHIARO (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, here I am. The government gagged me from the previous debate and stopped that debate in its tracks because they did not want to hear it. That is all part of its philosophy of crushing any dissenting voice. Little did they know that after the Member for Casuarina, I would be the next speaker. What are we talking about? Youth crime in Alice Springs. Here I am to tell you even more. Will you be so arrogant as to gag this debate? Will you storm in here, Leader of Government Business, throw your weight around, put the question and stop the democratic parliamentary process? Is that what you will do? We are waiting. We will wait to see if that door comes flying open and the saviour herself stops you from having to listen to things you do not want to hear. The reality is that it would pay you to listen. I pick up on a couple of things that the Minister for Education said. You can talk about education all you like, but the reality hits hard on the ground. When kids in Ali Curung have to eat their lunch in a cage because of a lack of infrastructure in the bush, shame on you. Maybe you should go out with the Member for Barkly to the Alekarenge School and see the issues there. Do something about it. You are all talk and no action. You, government, should be ashamed of yourselves. You are a disgrace. If you want to talk about educationour hard-working teachers and staff are caring for and educating our kids every day. They give our kids the best opportunities they possibly can. We as parents and community leaders thank them every day for what they do and for their professionalism, dedication and the heart they bring to their roles in schools throughout the Territory. Do not stand in here as if you are some sort of hero to the education system. As long as the Alekarenge School is in the bad shape it is and our attendance numbers are as bad as they are, you still have plenty of work to do, minister. You scrapped truancy officers. Our attendance is not tracking well and we know that kids need to go to school every day. We want every Territory kid to go to school every day. We have wonderful teachers and schools and we know that education is the best way to have a bright future. Thank you for your sermon, Minister for Education. You still have work to do; you had better keep at the drawing board. We look forward to seeing differences in the bush, where it is most needed. Do you want to talk about something else? Your government loves to talk about Families as First Teachers; it is a great program, but you cannot deliver it in the areas you want to deliver, because you cannot provide housing to the people who deliver FaFT. Where is the Housing minister? I would love to see him rush in here to tell me that I am wrong. As long as there are areas Madam SPEAKER: Opposition Leader, members are not to refer to the absence of a member in the Chamber. Refrain from doing that, please.

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