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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 to pensioners during the election period was from Marshall Perron on Countiy Liberal Party letterhead? ANSWER Mr Speaker, I will do it again. I will concede that I did not use the list that my office sought, on my behalf, from the department. Mr Toyne inteijecting. Mr REED: I pick up the interjection from the member for Stuart. I ask him to go back to the Hansard for 26 November so that he is fully aware of what I said yesterday. I said that the Labor Party was wrong in suggesting that I called only for one list. I called for at least 2 - maybe more - lists in relation to senior citizcns. In April or March 1993, I called for a list and I used that to write to senior citizens. I wrote again using a list. It might have been the same list that I received in March 1993 or it might have been an updated one that I called for in May 1993 in order to advise senior citizens of circumstances that were of interest to them. I did that, and I freely admit it. It is an appropriate operation for a minister to conduct. Indeed, the response that I received from senior citizens across the Northern Territory was very favourable because they appreciated being advised by the minister on the services that the government provides. I had proposed ... Mr Ah Kit: CLP letterhead. Mr Manzie: Why ask the question if you do not want us to hear the answer? Mr Bailey: He is not answering. Mr SPEAKER: Order on both sides of the House! The Deputy ChiefMinister is on his feet and I expect to hear his answer in reasonable silence. Mr REED: I had proposed, Mr Speaker, to undertake a similar exercise in mid-1994. Consequently, I asked ... Mr Ah Kit interjecting. Mr REED: Mr Speaker, I am not going to continue to speak over members opposite. If they do not have the integrity and the good manners to be silent and hear an answer to a question from their own member, they are clearly not interested in hearing the advice in the first instance. Alleged Political Use of Departmental Information Ms MARTIN to DEPUTY CHIEF MINISTER I have a supplementary question, repeating the second part of the question that I asked the Deputy Chief Minister. Is it not true that the only letter written to pensioners during the election period in 1994 was from Marshall Perron on Country Liberal Party letterhead? 1843