Visit to Darwin

(l-r) Penny, Mayor Ian Abbott, Environment/Climate Change Strategic Planner Pam Robinson OAM, Senator Trish Crossin

At Palmerston Council Chambers
(l-r) Penny, Mayor Ian Abbott, Environment/Climate Change Strategic Planner Pam Robinson OAM, Senator Trish Crossin

I was very lucky to escape the winter weather of Adelaide and Canberra and spend a couple of days in Darwin as the guest of NT Senator Trish Crossin this week.

During my visit, I met with the Palmerston City Council to hear about their plans to build a sustainable, livable city into the future.

Palmerston is Darwin’s satellite city and one of Australia’s fastest-growing and youngest council areas. As a relatively new city, they’re in the unique position to shape how they grow; implementing innovative green projects like connected green spaces, sustainable waste disposal and resource recovery and intergrating better social infrastructure into their planning

(l-r) Senator Trish Crossin, Cerise King , Penny, Jodie Green, Natasha Fyles, Malarndirri McCarthy

Meeting female candidates at the EMILY’s List function.
(l-r) Senator Trish Crossin, Cerise King , Penny, Jodie Green, Natasha Fyles, Malarndirri McCarthy

I also had the privilege to meet some outstanding female ALP candidates in the upcoming NT Elections at an EMILY’s List function.

EMILY’s List is an organisation that provides funding and support for progressive female candidates.

I’m a long-time supporter of EMILY’s List. I believe that our Parliament best represents the community if it reflects it. While just over 50 percent of Australians are women, only about 30 percent of federal parliamentarians are women. I’d like to commend the work of EMILY’s List and I wish Malarndirri, Natasha, Jodie, Deborah and Cerise all the best for August 25.

Penny and Senator Trish Crossin answer questions from members of the NT Chamber of Commerce

Penny and Senator Trish Crossin answer questions from members of the NT Chamber of Commerce

On Thursday morning, I was invited to have breakfast with the Northern Territory Chamber of Commerce where I was able to meet local business owners and industry representatives and answer some of their questions.

These events are a great opportunity for business people to discuss issues with me directly, and for me to talk about some of the programs that the Government has put in place to support for small business, such as the Instant Asset Write Off and the Loss Carryback Scheme.

I also spoke about the opportunities that lie ahead for Australia in the Asian Century and the upcoming release of the White Paper.

It was a great visit to the Territory, but far too short. I look forward to returning soon.