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Questions Day 6 - Thursday 26 November 1992



Questions Day 6 - Thursday 26 November 1992

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Parliamentary Record 14


Questions for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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QUESTIONS - Thursday 26 November 1992 Mr HATTON: Warren Snowdon's job, Mr Speaker, is quite clear. His job is to claim credit for what everybody else is doing. We had another example this week. Mr Bell: You blokes have been doing that for years. Mr HATTON: Mr Speaker, it is a measure of his desperate need to curry favour with the electorate. Nevertheless, irrespective of the messenger, I certainly welcome the decision of the Department of Defence because it is a culmination of considerable work, particularly by my Department of Industries and Development. My department has been putting a great deal of effort into maximising the benefits to the local business community from the increasing defence presence in the north. The most recent initiative was the appointment several weeks ago of a Defence Industry Liaison Officer to the department to place even greater emphasis on the development of policies and practices to optimise the involvement of our private sector in the support of local defence facilities. My office and the department have been in contact with the Defence Acquisition and Logistics Division for some time with a view to convincing it to establish a permanent presence in Darwin. The Acquisition and Logistics Division deals with the development, maintenance and operation of defence industry capability. It advises on and develops policies in support of the defence forces on facilities, contracting and logistics, including supply, transport movements, quality assurance, equipment repair and engineering maintenance services. An office of the division in Darwin would greatly enhance the opportunities for local business and industry to offer services to the defence forces. My office contacted the Acquisition and Logistics Division last year and, as a result, officers of the division visited Darwin for discussions. Our arguments for an office of the division to be opened in Darwin were received favourably and the officers agreed that such a presence would be desirable, but that there were budgetary and other considerations. In July last year, I wrote to the Minister for Defence, Senator Ray, advising of my support for an acquisitions and logistics office in Darwin and offering my assistance to have such an office established. At the same time, my department offered assistance with office accommodation, possibly in Development House. We were advised by senior officers of the Acquisitions and Logistics Division that the offers of assistance were appreciated and that the situation was then actively under review and would be considered in the context of various defence reviews over the forthcoming 6 to 12 months. The outcome became clear this week with the member for the Northern Territory's announcement. I wonder if Mr Snowdon appreciates the work that my department and my office have put into the project because there is no doubt in my mind that it would not have happened unless we had taken that initiative. Fire Service and Bushfires Council Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH to CHIEF MINISTER Can the Chief Minister indicate when commonsense will prevail and a commonality of purpose be achieved regarding burning-off permits, timing of these permits, reasons for the permits, conditions etc between the Fire Service and the Bushfires Council? I know what I am talking about with 1347

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