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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 26 February 1992



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 26 February 1992

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Parliamentary Record 8


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




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QUESTIONS - Wednesday 26 February 1992 Mr HATTON: I will note this because it is advice that I received this morning, and it highlights the difficulties created by outbursts from the Leader of the Opposition suggesting that Mr Alan Bond and Mr Christopher Skase are somehow involved in these negotiations. I have to say that Oxley Corporate Finance has been following the debate here and has received several phone calls from journalists and members of the opposition. Yesterday, one of the principals commented to us that members of the opposition and of the Darwin media need to take a short course in lease financing because most of the questions asked have been absolutely inane and have indicated a complete lack of understanding of commercial transactions. Those are not my words, Mr Speaker. That is the advice we received from Oxley Corporate Finance. Is it any wonder ... Mr Bell: You employed them and they are telling you what you want to hear, are they? Surprise, surprise! Members interjecting. Mr HATTON: Mr Speaker, only Foraker, as the nominee for the banks, is the leaseholder and that is it. As I advised earlier, any other nominee can take over. Foraker is nothing more than the nominee for the banks. As I said in an earlier answer, in the event of any difficulties arising with Foraker, the banks would simply replace the nominee company. They have the power to do so. Mr Ede: That is Foraker's problem as well as the banks' problem. Mr HATTON: However, it is not our problem. We have given no indemnities to Oxley Corporate Finance - none at all - and no new undertakings have been given on tax since 1986. Nhulunbuy Virus Mr POOLE to MINISTER for HEALTH and COMMUNITY SERVICES What steps have been taken by his department to deal with the virus that has affected many Nhulunbuy residents in recent weeks, and will he provide updated information about the virus? ANSWER Mr Speaker, I had expected a question from the member for Nhulunbuy on this topic but, obviously, he is not too concerned about it. The latest advice we have from the Communicable Diseases ... Mr Stirling: They all talk about the hospital being under stress and the Royal Darwin Hospital being unable to take a share of the patients, as it has in the past. When the virus first broke out, they put no one in hospital and it was over in 4 days. Mr MANZIE: Mr Speaker, I suggest firstly to the member for Nhulunbuy that he should mind his manners. There are young people in the gallery. Secondly, probably it would serve him well if he visited his local hospital, walked around to make himself aware of how many beds are available and talked to the staff to gain a better understanding of what is happening. Mr Stirling: The regional superintendent told me that. Have a go at him! 678

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