Labor will continue to work with the NT Chamber of Commerce to identify opportunities for local companies to do business with Defence.
The Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence, Gai Brodtmann and Member for Solomon, Luke Gosling met with the Council’s President and Vice President this week.
“We know Defence procurement processes can be difficult to navigate or access, particularly for micro, small and medium NT businesses,” Ms Brodtmann said.
“We welcome the NT Government’s appointment of a Defence Strategic Advisory Group and look forward to working with the Chamber to ensure NT businesses – no matter what their size – have the best chance of tendering for Defence contracts.”
Ms Brodtmann and Mr Gosling also visited RAAF Base Darwin and Robertson Barracks to discuss the timeline and process for the next phase of testing of sites identified as having chemicals – known as PFAS and previously used in fire-fighting foam – on and around the base and barracks.
“The Turnbull Government has been woeful at consulting with the community on PFAS sites, which has caused considerable stress and anxiety in some areas,” Mr Gosling said.
“We encourage the Turnbull Government to regularly, openly and honestly consult with communities around the base and barracks, particularly as RAAF Base Darwin is about to undergo comprehensive testing of ground and surface water and soil in hundreds of locations.”
Defence will hold the next round of community consultations in Darwin and Katherine next week.
Details of the dates, times and locations of the community consultations are available here.
Friday, 17 March 2017