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Questions Day 5 - Wednesday 21 August 1991



Questions Day 5 - Wednesday 21 August 1991

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Parliamentary Record 4


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




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 21 August 1991 The same circumstances exist in Darwin. It is a fact that it will take approximately 3 months to complete the fit-out. If the goal is occupation at the earliest possible time, this arbitration process should have been implemented 3 months prior to the completion of each terminal, at the latest. We are only beginning to talk about arbitration at the end of August which means, as the airport manager at Alice Springs expresses it, that we are talking about December at the earliest. What will aggravate the situation in Alice Springs is that apparently no arrangements have been made, according to media comments, to continue the use of the dog boxes - the departure lounge demountables at Alice Springs. According to the manager, these are to be removed from the site in September. Can you imagine tourists and Territorians using a marquee departure lounge at Alice Springs airport? It is absolutely preposterous. This illustrates, once again, that the federal minister has a fair bit of learning to do about this issue. What makes me more concerned than ever is that his letter excludes Ansett from this arbltrative process. Mr Ede: They excluded themselves, you dill. Members interjecting. Mr FINCH: The Leader of the Opposition's insults are like being hit over the head with a roll of cotton wool. For his benefit, what I said is that the federal minister indicated that there has been no agreement for arbitration by Ansett and FAC. They have excluded themselves. Mr Ede: That is quite so. Mr FINCH: Yes. What that means is that perhaps some of the rumours circulating, in regard to Ansett's future intentions in Alice Springs, may have some substance. A moment ago, the Minister for Industries and Development mentioned double-hubbing for some aircraft at Alice Springs and at Yulara. Some people in central Australia are concerned that Ansett may very well say to the FAC that it can keep its new terminal, and Ansett will hub Yulara and shuttle into Alice Springs. That is a matter of extremely serious concern. After 3 years, we are still fiddling with the negotiations. This is not good enough. The revenue lost to FAC of course will be tagged on the bill of the users. Subsidies to Sheratons and Yulara Mr BAILEY to MINISTER for INDUSTRIES and DEVELOPMENT Mr Speaker, I refer to the minister's response to the previous question about the Sheratons and Yulara. The original projections for these projects indicated a return to the Territory this year of $6 .7m. Given that the budget indicates a payout of $24m, can the minister advise how this money is broken up between these projects? Can he advise further how he will fund the ridiculous suggestion that we buy out all other Interested parties 1n these projects? ANSWER Mr Speaker, I do not know where the member came by the suggestion that he raised. I guess he has been listening to rumours.

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