Falklands : MOTION OF THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MR IAN HANSEN
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 08.06.2013 (Article Archived on 06.07.2013)
Mr Speaker, Your Excellency, Honourable members, in rising to second the Motion of Thanks I would just like to make one or two comments to your excellency on some issues addressed in your speech.
THANKS SPEECH BY THE HON MR IAN HANSEN
Mr Speaker, Your Excellency,
Honourable members, in rising to second the Motion of Thanks I would just like
to make one or two comments to your excellency on some issues addressed in your
Challenge was a word you used in
your address on more than one occasion and I think that’s entirely
appropriate. I think challenge is a key
word with our future deliberations.
Challenges are there – they have
always been there in all industries. In
fisheries it has always been stock conservation that is one of the main
challenges, in agriculture it is marketing opportunities and prices achievable
for wool and meat. Tourism has always
been a challenge when we can encourage people world-wide that the Falklands are
that special place visit or a nice place to get back to, not mentioning the war
that can affect our cruise ship activity dramatically. I think without question, though the biggest
challenge we face in the future is the development of our hydrocarbon
industries. Take the sheer magnitude of
the possible economic benefit to the Falkland Islands is of such a level we
haven’t dealt with before. And the
enormous amount of work that we have already started – some have been done by
minerals policy legislation and the teams at work in those departments – I think
that must be recognised but there is still very much to do and I believe the
level of this commitment will increase day by day. That is something that we have to be prepared
I, too would like to mention just
briefly the referendum and the huge success it was but we cannot rest on our
laurels simply because of that success.
We must continue to make our voice heard about our position on
self-determination understood in the international arena.
We all know that Argentina will
not reject their claim and we all know they will continue to be aggressive but
I think we have to ensure that they know equally that we in the Falklands are
not going to weaken or compromise our position in any way.
The Rural Development Strategy is
important and very dear to my heart but it is a strategy that is not without
its difficulties. And I suspect that
this and the next Assembly at some point may have to make some fairly
controversial decisions on the issue of incentives that are needed to make this
strategy a reality.
Transport links will always be of
paramount importance to any sort of sustainability of Camp regardless of the
industry involved whether it is tourism, agriculture or the oil industry.
Mr Speaker, as we have a long
agenda this morning I think I shall leave it there and allow my Honourable
Colleagues to support the Motion of thanks.