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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 ANSWER Mr Speaker, in real terms, negotiations with the federal government over Gunn Point have not progressed any further than the point they had reached the last time I spoke in the House about this matter. Currently, Gunn Point Prison Farm is being operated with a minimum of prisoners. Some 50 are on site. That is considered a satisfactory number to keep the primary produce areas operating at an efficient level to supply the prison system with produce, whether horticulture or livestock. A number of alternative sites have been examined. No decision has been made as yet, primarily because there is no need to make such a decision until the federal government accepts or rejects the terms that the Northern Territory government has offered for the lease of the Gunn Point facility as a detention centre for illegal immigrants. If it accepts, as we have always said, those terms include an amount of money to enable us to establish an equivalent prison farm. One of the sites that I favour personally at present is the agriculture area at Berrimah. Quite a large area there is utilised already for the growing of crops and some experimentation in the horticultural process, if I can describe it as that. There is ample open space across the gravel track from that facility to enable us to construct a prison farm there. There are obvious advantages in having a prison farm at Berrimah. The land is available to the jail already. From the point of view of prison management, it would be an excellent idea to be able to utilise officers from the main jail at the prison farm as they are needed. Also, it would increase the capacity for and availability of prison visits by family members etc. The situation at Gunn Point, including the negotiations with the federal government, has not changed. We are awaiting the Commonwealths response to the package that we have put to it. Fire Service Levy in Territory Budget Mr BAILEY to TREASURER The Treasurer announced last week that, in the 1995-96 budget, he expected to raise $3.5m from the new fire service levy. In Budget Paper No 3, the Treasurer said that this would equate to $29 per man, woman and child in the Northern Territory. The Treasurers office has been trying to tell the people of the Territory that this means $80 per family. Will the Treasurer concede that, even if there are no rebates or exclusions, $29 per capita amounts to approximately $125 for the average Territory family? ANSWER Mr Speaker, the opposition has started at the wrong end in regard to this. The question of the fire service levy, how it will be collected, to whom it will apply and how much will result from its collection cannot be calculated by using simple arithmetic and dividing by 3.5 the numbers of people living in RL1 households. Mr Stirling: This is a great tax! You do not even know how you will collect it! Mr Bailey: How much will it be? 574