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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 that we hear expressed so often. I wish the Minister for Aboriginal Development well in his efforts, but I suspect that it will be a long time before he convinces any o f his ministerial colleagues. As I say, I welcome the efforts o f the Minister for Aboriginal Development, and I note 2 points with particular interest. First, I note the commissioning o f the Aboriginal Resource Development Service to carry out some studies in this area. I am aware in particular o f the work of Reverend Jim Dowling and that o f Dr Stuart Philpott, who is currently living in Canberra but who has a long history o f involvement with issues o f this kind, both in the pastoral industry and in Aboriginal organisations in the Northern Territory. I am aware of their work with management training on Aboriginal-owned pastoral leases. Those kinds o f areas are important, and I believe it was to this that the minister was referring. We are prepared to work with him. We would like to see him working with the Commonwealth government and we are delighted to hear that he is working with organisations like the ARDS, given its long history o f involvement in this area. There was a second matter in the ministers answer yesterday about which I was heartened. He said that the Office o f Aboriginal Development intended to host a seminar designed to enhance the understanding o f Territory agencies that contribute to Aboriginal economic development. I am heartened to hear that such a seminar is to be conducted. I do not know whether I will have the opportunity to participate or to be involved in any way. Certainly, I would like to, and I would like to hear the results o f that seminar. However, I ask the minister to expand the agenda for such a seminar beyond Territory agencies. As I outlined earlier in my comments this evening, I urge the minister to broaden the agenda o f the seminar to include involvement o f Commonwealth agencies because I think that, if we could bring together the Commonwealth agencies, the Territory agencies and the Aboriginal organisations, both in towns and around the bush - notably the community councils and the housing associations etc - we could have some fruitful dialogue. I continue to be angry about the extent to which this government seeks to cooperate with Aboriginal organisations and Aboriginal people only when an election is 3 or 4 years away. I point out to the minister that, in the television advertisements that he promoted, we did not see a black face beside him. Mr Hatton: I did not see one beside you either. Mr BELL: You didnt? As 1 recall, I was not in the television advertisements. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The honourable members time has expired. Mr FINCH (Attorney-General): Mr Deputy Speaker, I would like to deal with a number o f issues raised earlier today by the member for Wanguri. Allow me to commence by saying how absolutely I despise his comments about and reflections on the good officers o f the Department o f Education. Once again, we witnessed a low-life, weak effort from the member for Wanguri who suggested that he should not proceed with an earlier debate in order that he might do some more homework. I guess that that is as much trust as one can place in this bloke who was obviously more concerned about being exposed through the fraudulent suggestions that he was making.

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