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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 23 February 1995



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 23 February 1995

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Parliamentary Record 8


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 23 February 1995 However, because of the frequency with which these certificates are issued, the policy for certificates for amounts over S50 000 to be published in the NT Government Gazette and the fact that we have the Procurement Advisory Council, we do not support the amendment. Mr EDE: Mr Chairman, given that minister will not accept what we believe is a necessary amendment, will he provide an assurance in relation to the DID report. Would he be willing to include, in the Procurement Review Boards part of the DID annual report, a section relating to exemptions? I would not expect every exemption for $5 and $20 to be listed. Possibly the number over $50 000 could be given and some detail of those between $50 000 and, say, $1000? Mr STONE: Mr Chairman, I will not give an undertaking that that will be done. However, I will give an undertaking to look at the matter and determine whether it is possible. This is not something that I had contemplated. On the face of it, it seems reasonable, but I stress that I am not giving an undertaking that it will be done. I will look at it and write to the Leader of the Opposition advising him as to whether or not we will take up that suggestion. Amendment negatived. Clause 9 agreed to. Remainder of the bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to. Bill passed remaining stages without debate. ADJOURNMENT Mr PALMER (Primary Industry and Fisheries): Mr Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. In tonights adjournment debate, I want to speak about a matter that is of great concern to pastoralists in the Northern Territory, particularly those centred around the Alice Springs region. The matter to which I refer is the rejection by the federal government of the Northern Territorys application for drought assistance. The federal Minister for Primary Industries and Energy, Senator Collins, advised me by letter, dated 16 December 1994, that the Territorys application for exceptional circumstances drought assistance for central Australia had been rejected. That rejection was made after Senator Collins received advice from the Rural Adjustment Scheme Advisory Committee (RASAC), and after consideration, together with other drought issues, by the federal Cabinet. The Territory application on behalf of pastoralists in central Australia, who were suffering the effects of extended drought, some in drought conditions extending over 5 years, was made on 12 September 1994. My department experienced considerable difficulty in getting the Commonwealth officers and the secretariat of RASAC to indicate what information it required for assessment of the application. Detailed information was provided, but very little feedback was obtained. When I was advised of the rejection of the application, I asked Senator Collins for advice as to the reasons for that rejection. Senator Collins replied, both privately and in public through the media, that my officers were free to contact the officials of 2711

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