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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994

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Parliamentary Record 6


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 November 1994 politicians would have the public believe, a spotter's fee. The term spotters fee is deliberately misleading. M r Speaker, quite clearly what 1 asked today referred to something that, 5 or 6 years ago, was discussed in this Assembly and which indicated that all o f this extensive work was done. The question today was whether the Auditor-General audited the dollar value of what Tipperary Developments presented because, on my research through the New Parliament House Committee and through all the documents that have ever been tabled, there are about 2 pieces o f paper, o f about this size, the contents o f which indicate something that could very easily have been done in about 2 or 3 days. If the honourable minister wants to answer the question on the area for which he had responsibility, let him bring in the extensive truckload, $1.75m-worth, o f work that Tipperary Developments did to earn that $1 75m otherwise it is a gift in return for 2 or 3 pages o f A2 paper. That is what the question was. That is what the honourable minister does not know. If he can demonstrate that anything like $1.75m-worth o f work was carried out by Tipperary Developments by 22 November, I will apologise to him. M IN ISTER IA L STATEM ENT C hild Safety in the N orthern T errito ry M r REED (H ealth and C om m unity Services): Mr Speaker, I rise to speak on a matter o f community and family importance, and that is the safety o f children in our community. As we draw towards the close o f the Northern Territory Year o f the Family, I believe it important that we address an issue that is o f fundamental importance to all families and especially to our children. Long after the Year o f the Family has ended, the safety o f Territory children will be an issue o f major importance. Indeed, it was in this context that the benefits o f the Year o f the Family were directed to children and that these benefits will last for years to come. The Northern Territory Year o f the Family activities included a grants program, administered by my department, for the enhancement of services to children in child-care agencies, playgroups and other organisations serving young Territorians. As a firm believer in the preservation o f the family unit and the strengthening of family ties in our community, I consider it essential that we provide a safe and secure environment for our children. As parents, we have an overwhelming duty to our children to protect them from danger and to provide them with a secure and safe home environment. While individual responsibility and proper parenting do play an important if not an integral role in the safety and protection o f children, the world today is an inherently more complicated and, some would say, more dangerous place for young children With our increasing sophistication, we have developed modern conveniences which enrich our lifestyle but which, if used incorrectly, can cause harm and sometimes death. Conversely, advances in medical science since the turn o f the century have reduced dramatically the death rate among children. As a result of medical improvements, deaths caused by infectious and nutritional diseases, for example, have fallen to comparatively low levels. With the general improvement in health standards among children, accidental injury has now replaced diseases as the biggest single cause o f death among children. Accidents 1795