CLP to help boost NT firms

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

A NEW Coun­try Lib­eral gov­ern­ment would in­crease the op­por­tu­nity for NT busi­nesses to ten­der and win gov­ern­ment con­struc­tion, pro­cure­ment and ser­vice con­tracts if elected, leader Lia Finoc­chiaro has pledged.

Ms Finoc­chiaro has pitched a suite of pri­or­ity changes aimed at strength­en­ing the power of the Ter­ri­tory’s Buy Lo­cal policy.

A key plank is to give the Buy Lo­cal In­dus­try Ad­vo­cate po­si­tion “real teeth” by mak­ing it a statu­tory of­fice.

“The Pro­cure­ment Re­view Board (PRB) Buy Lo­cal In­dus­try Ad­vo­cate po­si­tion is in­tended to be an in­de­pen­dent link be­tween lo­cal busi­ness and the NT gov­ern­ment. and a new CLP gov­ern­ment will strengthen it by mak­ing it a statu­tory of­fice,” Ms Finoc­chiaro said.

“The Ter­ri­tory gov­ern­ment should be geared as much as pos­si­ble to­wards us­ing lo­cal prod­ucts and ser­vices and sup­port­ing Ter­ri­tory busi­nesses.

“Strength­en­ing the Buy Lo­cal policy will make sure gov­ern­ment spend­ing is in­vested in lo­cal busi­nesses, re­sult­ing in more ben­e­fits for the Ter­ri­tory.” As part of this, Ms Finoc­chiaro promised an in­de­pen­dent statu­tory of­fice of the Buy Lo­cal Ad­vo­cate, as well as leg­is­lat­ing the power of the Buy Lo­cal Ad­vo­cate, to re­quire the re­spon­si­ble Min­is­ter to ei­ther ac­cept rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Ad­vo­cate, or ta­ble a re­sponse to rec­om­men­da­tions made by the Ad­vo­cate in par­lia­ment within three sit­ting days of re­ceiv­ing the re­port on why rec­om­men­da­tions would not be ac­cepted.

She said a CLP gov­ern­ment would stan­dard­ise cri­te­ria for de­cid­ing “lo­cal con­tent” to make the process more ob­jec­tive, while keep­ing the 30 per cent lo­cal con­tent weight­ing.

The party also plans to re­in­state the Lo­cal Ben­e­fit Ad­vi­sory Panel to re­view ten­ders big­ger than $5 mil­lion.

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