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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 since taken up script and song writing, pursuing that career with Lee Kernaghan, and is signing contracts for the production o f a movie o f which he will be associate producer. I am pleased to congratulate the young people who have participated in the inaugural awards, and I wish to thank the major sponsors - Hot 100, Mitre 10, the Territory Mutual Building Society, Imparja Television, Channel 8 in Darwin, the Beaufort Darwin, the Power and W ater Authority, the Territory Insurance Office, the federal Department o f Employment, Education and Training, and my own Department o f Industries and Development. In particular, I would like to pay a special compliment to Andy Bruyn, the General Manager o f Channel 8, for his initiative and drive in introducing these awards. I would like to acknowledge tonight Mr Tom Pauling QC, who is known to most o f us in his capacity as Solicitor-General o f the Northern Territory. However, Tom Pauling has another side to him - his active involvement in the arts community. Tom is standing down after 10 years service as Chairman o f the Darwin Performing Arts Centre. I am pleased to say that DP AC is in a sound financial position and, with the opening o f the studio theatre in June this year, I have every confidence that the centre will continue to develop and prosper. Tom Pauling was involved with the early marketing o f DP AC during a time in Darwin when the words performing arts were thought to allude to something rude. DP AC lost money in the early years and Tom tried to stem its losses with a wide range o f marketing tactics which eventually bore fruit. One o f the early schemes resulted in the sale o f naming rights to patrons chairs, and a number o f my colleagues have had brass plaques fixed to the back o f the chairs to indicate their financial support for DP AC. On behalf o f members o f the Assembly, I congratulate and thank Tom Pauling for his contribution to community affairs and, in particular, for his service as Chairman o f the Darwin Performing Arts Centre. I am sure that, with the additional time now available to him, Tom will pay closer attention to his other great love - the stage. The 1994 Darwin to Ambon Yacht Race results have come to hand. This year, the race attracted a record fleet o f 77 yachts from 9 nations, comprising a total crew of 450 members. As you will be aware, Mr Deputy Speaker, the Northern Territory Department o f Industries and Development is a supporter o f this race. It believes that the event provides a major network and an important contact base for the department and for private industry. I congratulate David Woodhouse, the chairman, and the Darwin committee, including Rose Hallett, Donna Reid, Colin Blair, Ian Lowe, Doug Bell, Bill Jelley, G eoff Chard, Angela Meldrum, and all the supporters o f this very important event. I am pleased to congratulate Peter Brown o f Peter Brown Auto Electrics on 20 years service to the Darwin community. This successful Darwin company had very modest origins. The proprietor, Peter Brown, completed his auto electrics apprenticeship at 73 McMinn Street 27 years ago. Peter was keen to start his own business and initiated an arrangement to lease space from Savvas Motors in Daly Street. Operations were suspended temporarily as a result o f Cyclone Tracy, but Peter went back to the workshop the next day to check the damage. While he was there, a journalist from a southern newspaper turned up needing repairs to the generator on his car. Peter repaired the car 1877