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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 1996



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 1996

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Parliamentary Record 29


Questions for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 27 November 1996 Mr REED: The member for Wanguri continues to talk over ministers who are attempting to provide information of interest to people listening to the broadcast. It is a sad reflection on the appalling manners of members of the Labor Party that they do not wish people of the Northern Territory to hear information relating to public safety. Cliff faces are inherently dangerous areas. Anyone who enters into the natural environment should bear in mind that the best way to ensure their personal safety is to give consideration to the circumstances they are about to enter, the activities they will pursue and the environment in which they will pursue them. Nonetheless, the government does have a responsibility in this regard. I commend the Parap resident for reporting this matter. I thank the officers of a number of departments who investigated it. Favourable tides from 9 December will enable an excavator to be used in an attempt to remove the overhanging rock and improve public safety in that area. Traffic Monitoring by Helicopter Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and WORKS In view of his interest in safety on Northern Territory roads, has he given consideration to having a helicopter monitor traffic at appropriate times on Darwin roads and farther down the highway near traffic black spots? ANSWER Mr Speaker, I hope that, if such a proposal were adopted, the helicopter would never go anywhere near Wallaby Holtze Road. I am aware that a particular resident of Wallaby Holtze Road has made complaints about low-flying aircraft over her residence. She has mentioned that in this parliament on many occasions. The cost of such a proposal may be exorbitant. However, it is not a bad idea. I will refer the members suggestion to the Road Safety Council. In fact, the Darwin sector of the council will be meeting tomorrow night. I will forward this suggestion for its consideration along with the package of proposals that have been decided on already by the government. Alleged Political Use of Departmental Information Mr BAILEY to DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER Yesterday, the minister tabled a Department of Health memo with all handwritten notes in place. That memo, from the secretary of the department, was written on 17 May 1994, the day the election was called. The handwritten notes confirm that, on that very day, the senior ministerial adviser to the Deputy ChiefMinister detailed the exact requirements of the database to target it specifically at seniors and aged pensioners. He did that when the election had been publicly announced. Why did his office continue to pursue the downloading of the confidential database, given that the election had already been called? 1839