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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 11


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 that it is picked up in another way, but I cannot explain it to the committee. Consequently, I am prepared to report progress on the matter until we obtain a clear explanation. Progress reported. ADJOURNMENT M r STONE (Leader of Government Business): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. I was saddened to leam that Mr Robert Johnston AO, the Chairman of Austrade, passed away recently. Mr Johnston worked for many years in the motor industry, rising to the position of President of Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited. He worked to build relationships with Japanese business and he strongly influenced the perception among Japanese businessmen of Australia as a competitive and attractive destination for business and investment. His term as Chairman of Austrade coincided with the development of the organisation as a performance-driven and client-focused group. Robert Johnston will be sadly missed by his family, friends and colleagues, and I express my condolences to them on this occasion. The formation of International Red Cross was conceived originally in Europe in 1859, and the first Code of Conduct was ratified in Geneva in 1864. In 1949, the principles of Red Cross were extended and adopted by 166 nations. Last week, on 19 May, we celebrated 80 years of Red Cross service to the Northern Territory community. In 1915, Dr John Gilruth, the Administrator, was busy defending his position with the citizens of Darwin prior to the Darwin rebellion. His wife, Jeannie, was also busy working to improve the position of Northern Territory soldiers who had volunteered to fight in the Great War. Jeannie Gilruth formed the Northern Territory Branch of the Red Cross Society in Darwin and, per capita, she and her dutiful members and volunteers raised more money than any other part of Australia. The huge amount of 11 500 was raised from card parties, concerts and race meetings and, as the contributors of the day were publicly recognised in the Northern Territory Times, it was easy to pressure the local population to make a matching donation. Jeannie Gilruth was an outstanding individual who achieved amazing results for Red Cross. From its humble origins in 1915, the Territory Red Cross has developed considerably. Todays Red Cross is more advanced and better equipped to deal with the natural disasters that occasionally impact on our community. Red Cross Australia-wide has a commitment to provide a wide range of community services. It provides meals on wheels to senior citizens, community housing, kiosks manned by volunteers at hospitals, library services at hospitals, cosmetic care for those who have been hospitalised over an extended period, opportunity shops and health and safety classes for education and first aid training. The blood transfusion service is also a major part of Red Cross activity, and Junior Red Cross completes the circle of service to the community. In a disaster, such as an earthquake or cyclone, Red Cross works closely with the police and undertakes an international tracing service for concerned relatives. 3599