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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 14 May 1996



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 14 May 1996

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Parliamentary Record 21


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 14 May 1996 and Colin Cook. However, Vanessa does need to double-check her counting. On giving me the petition, she advised that it contained some 912 signatures and expressed disappointment that she had not reached the magic 1000. However, I noted with some surprise this morning, when the petition was returned to me for presentation, that it recorded 1037 signatures. Provided the Assembly staff were accurate, and I have no reason to doubt that, Vanessa did achieve more than 1000 signatures, thereby surpassing her own target. I want to speak also on a nomination from Nhulunbuy for Rotary Northern Territory Police Officer of the Year, and I speak in this instance of Constable Tony Robinson. Tony Robinson is a very keen, dedicated and respected police officer in Nhulunbuy township. He is the school-based constable for Nhulunbuy and the east Amhem region. Tony has gained the respect and the trust of students because of his fairness, commitment and his ability to interact on the same level with those students. He is always keen to be involved with student activities and he commits much of his own free time to help organise and supervise many after-hours activities for the towns younger population, including school discos to raise funds for special sporting events, the Rock Eisteddfod, Junior Police Ranger camp, school swimming carnivals and sports days. Tony is firm in his beliefs and the job in hand, but he has a great sense of fun and humour that makes him popular with the student population. Tony was instrumental in the relaunching of the Blue Light Discos for Nhulunbuy last year, including a very successful Blue Light Disco at Elcho Island. He is struggling to sustain a consistent level of parental support for these discos. He is currently teaching the DARE drug awareness program to both primary and secondary school students. Tonys awareness of the towns problems, involving the younger population and the peer group pressure that students face every day, has helped him to be productive and supportive in the social education students undertake through their growing years and the wellbeing of the student population. He has successfully combined his commitment to the youth of the east Amhem region with the demands of being a husband and father to 3 children, aged 9, 13 and 15. I take this opportunity to wish him well in his future career and, on behalf of the people of Nhulunbuy, I thank him for the great job that he has done to date and continues to do. Mrs BRAHAM (Braitling): Mr Speaker, tonight, I would like to comment on a few events in my electorate. I had much pleasure in officiating at the opening and dedication of stage 4 of the Living Waters Lutheran Primary School one Sunday in April this year. The function was attended by a large number of parents, the school council and students. Pastor Neville Otto dedicated the premises at the service. He was joined there by the principal, John Alexander, the chairman of the school council, Lyall Zweck and many invited guests. When Living Waters was established 10 years ago, it started with a student population of 25. Over those 10 years, it has established strong community support and earned a reputation for providing a very good, caring, Christian educational environment. Today, enrolments number over 200. I believe it is an important right for parents to have choice in the type of education they want for their children, and it has always been part of the Australian education process that they have had a choice between the public and private systems. Living Waters is a good example of a small, private school that provides a very good educational alternative. Certainly, parents in Alice Springs are opting to send their children to the smaller private schools in many cases. 7084

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