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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


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




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QUESTIONS - Tuesday 23 May 1995 Mr MANZIE: My advice is from the Civil Aviation Authority, and it advises ... Mr Bell: It never makes a mistake? Mr MANZIE: It is a matter for the authority. It is not something that is under the Territorys control. The CAA decided to select the S76 on the basis that no appropriately-qualified pilot was available at the time to undertake that particular rescue operation at night. The CAA paid in full for the cost of the aircraft and for accommodation etc. The outcome was that the injured people were serviced very quickly, efficiently and effectively. Even though they suffered permanent injury, they received very good medical treatment at a very early opportunity. In closing, I must say that it would serve the member for MacDonnell well to keep up to date with who is doing what. Twelve months is sufficient time even for him to know what is happening. Fire Service Levy in Territory Budget Mr STIRLING to TREASURER The Treasurer has announced the introduction of a fire service levy, which he expects will raise $3.5m in 1995-96 and $5m thereafter, in what appears to be a trust me exercise because he says that those who do not receive a service will not have to pay. I ask the Treasurer to advise us on the position as it relates to the aged, the infirm, the unemployed and self-supporting students. In short, who will pay the levy and who will not? ANSWER Mr Speaker, at the moment, it is considered that those people will pay who own houses or buildings where there is a fire risk, as happens in every other jurisdiction in Australia with the exception of the Australian Capital Territory. As I said, how this levy is to be collected and the criteria covering it have yet to be confirmed. Those details will be announced when the levy is introduced on 1 January. We are talking about a period of 6 months to allow us proper time to consult with the fire service, insurance companies, local government bodies and a whole range of other people to ensure that we have the most equitable and reasonable fire service levy charges that can be incorporated. Thus, I ask the Leader of the Opposition and other members opposite to be patient and allow u s ... Mr Bailey: It may be $ 12 1, but it will not be $ 120. Mr COULTER: It is not $120. Have you got that straight? Mr Bailey: It may be $119 or $121. You have no idea! Mr SPEAKER: Order!

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