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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 ANSWER Mr Speaker, I do not understand the relevance of the question. Mr Bailey: That is the problem. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr REED: Do you want to hear an answer or not? I do not intend to talk over you. If you keep interrupting, I will sit down. Mr Speaker, I assume that, because my staff are keen and trustworthy, and keep doing their job as requested, unlike members opposite who do not take any notice of the Leader of the Opposition, they would have pursued my request. I do not recall when I made that request, and whether or to what extent it predated the minute in question. I do not think the secretary of the department would have written the minute as soon as the request was made. The important point - and I thought I made it quite clearly a number of times yesterday - in relation to this specific request, and the specific minute and the list that flowed from it, was that I did not use the list. I have indicated this clearly, both outside and inside this House, and that is the crux of the issue. Leader of the Oppositions Media Award Mrs BRAHAM to CHIEF MINISTER In light of the member for Barklys complaint to this House last night, does the Chief Minister now intend to meet the Leader of the Oppositions demand that the Northern Territory government pay for the award she personally sponsored at the recent media awards? ANSWER Mr Speaker, what a doozey this one is! We have interjections about propriety thrown at us from members opposite and we have the Leader of the Opposition telling the media that she was personally sponsoring this award. That is what she said. In fact, she wanted to ensure that she had her name on the necessary documentation, and that was done. My ticket had on it: Maggie Hickey, Leader of the Opposition, Territory Labor. I looked at all the other sponsors-the TAB, the Northern Territory government, CREST, the Womens Advisory Council, the Department of Asian Relations, Trade and Industry ... Members inteijecting Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr STONE: I could not find Shane Stone or Country Liberal Party anywhere on the card. If I had personally paid for some of those, I guess I would want to have my name on them. It was not unreasonable that the Leader of the Opposition, if she was personally sponsoring an award, should have her name and Territory Labor on the advertising and on the tickets. What Territorians need to know is that she sent me the bill. She wants me to pay 1840