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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 I have no power to direct any minister in the way that minister will answer a question. Mr Bailey: But, if it is not relevant to the question ... Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr STONE: It is relevant to the question, Mr Speaker. I was asked whether I had been able to check the veracity of this stupid statement by the member for MacDonncll and whether in fact it reflects Labor policy. I have waited patiently ... Mr Ah Kit: You are twisting it around. Mr STONE: You do not like it, do you? That is the problem for members of the Labor Party. They make outrageous claims and then step back and think that somehow they can get away with it. The Leader of the Opposition allowed a senior shadow minister in her ranks to claim in the public arena: The reality, the real policy here, is that the over-representation of Labor supporters in the prison system of the Northern Territory to the tune of 70% means that the Country Liberal Party administration can condemn its political opponents to longer and more frequent jail terms while, at the same time, beating its collective law-and-order drum in front of CLP supporters, claiming to be acting to protect them in their suburban comers in Darwin and Alice Springs. That has to be one of the sickest statements that I have ever heard from a senior Labor spokesman. Mr Bailey: You dont put resources into Darwin. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr STONE: It is high time that the Leader of the Opposition started to exert some leadership and some authority over the member for MaeDonnell. She can sit there with a silly look on her face, but the reality is that, after yesterdays performance, he is completely out of control. It is time she did something about it. She should stand up and say that this is not Labor policy, that her party does not agree with that view. It is really quite simple for her to understand. Police Inquiry into Alleged Breaches of Confidentiality Mrs HICKEY to CHIEF MINISTER My question follows on from the veiy interesting response to the first question. Earlier in this saga, the Chief Minister declared: If the federal policc do not give us a copy of this report, then they are covering up. That was reported in the NT News of 8 November this year. He was requesting a copy of the federal police report. What are Territorians to make of his refusal to table the Northern Territory police report? What is the Chief Minister covering up? ANSWER I am covering up nothing, Mr Speaker, because I am subsequently told ... 1831