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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 The small contractors, which deliver projects valued at less than $50 000, are affected most. This group represents about 70% of total contracts let by the Department of Transport and Works, and the vast majority of these contracts are for simple, repetitive work of low risk. The government remains committed to QA and, in recent times. Territory taxpayers have benefited from its application. The rationalisation will be welcomed by small contractors and the large number of contractors who have invested in and implemented QA systems will appreciate the clarification. ANSWER TO QUESTION Alleged Doctoring of Videotape Evidence Mr FINCH (Public Employment): Mr Speaker, in the adjournment debate last night, the member for Nhulunbuy, followed by the member for Wanguri, made some fairly outrageous comments and misinterpretations in relation to a document tabled by the member for Nhulunbuy himself. The document tabled w as ... Mr BAILEY: A point of order. Mr Speaker! Under what standing order is the honourable minister speaking? Is this a ministerial statement? Is it a personal explanation? Mr FINCH: At the end of Question Time, a minister has the opportunity to provide an answer to a question raised in the House or supplementary information on an answer. Mr Bailey: It was not a question. By definition, a question is something ... Mr SPEAKER: Order! I am advised that sessional orders do allow for answers to be provided in relation to matters raised either in Question Time or in the adjournment debate. Mr FINCH: In relation to that construction industry finding, the member for Wanguri asked which minister was responsible for, in his words, the doctoring of the tape that was forwarded in evidence. I am attempting now to answer that question. The comments from the member for Nhulunbuy included phrases such as fraudulent evidence tendered, doctorcd evidence, a tape purporting to be a complete copy, a tape had been selectively edited etc. He also used expressions such as it was fraudulent evidence. The member for Wanguri used phrases such as corrupt practices and fabrication of evidence. I will make 2 points. First, if they had read the document that was tabled - that is, the commissioners finding - they would have realised that the only reference that he made to the tape was that it was incomplete. Being incomplete is nothing like fraudulent, nothing like fabrication, nothing like doctored, nothing like selectively edited ... Mrs Hickey: He did not say it was all right though, did he? Mr FINCH: There is a very simple explanation. I take exception to the commissioners report where he went on to say that, while he did not have any doubts about the integrity of counsel presenting the information, he had serious doubts about the integrity of the person who supplied him with the incomplete copy. Mr Bailey: The buck stops with the minister. 1847

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