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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 Renn died of liver cancer. He did not make a fuss about it. He did not even tell his family about his fatal disease. He just worked for ANSTI until his time came. I would like to place on record my admiration for Renn Murray and the condolences of all members of the Northern Territory government to Tricia-Ann, his son Rennison, and his stepson Karl. He will be sorely missed by all sections of the Territory community, especially those who believed that life had passed them by until this quiet achiever appeared on the scene. Mr BAILEY (Wanguri): Mr Speaker, tonight I would like first of all to place officially on the record my thanks to members of the Assembly, yourself and staff of the Assembly for the support and kind wishes given on the birth of the second son of my wife and myself yesterday. The baby has been named James Sean. I take this opportunity to make some general comments in this context. The life of the spouse and children of a politician is fairly difficult. The hours that we often keep in this Chamber and the expectations the community has of politicians make it hard for families. Therefore, in addition to my thanks to all honourable members, I thank also my family and the families of all politicians for their support despite the fairly difficult lives they are required to lead. Members opposite come regularly into this Chamber and say that the Labor Party does not seem to wish to write down its policies, which would enable them to evaluate and criticise them. The difficulty we have is that, when we enunciate policies, the government steals them. For example, earlier this year, we released a policy called 'Neighbourhood Streets'. It was a concept to reduce speed limits on roads in residential areas. We spoke with constituents and others and circulated documents to quite a number of people. I wrote to Neighbourhood Watch groups and I am sure that the member for Port Darwin is aware that I attended a meeting of the Stuart Park Neighbourhood Watch group and spoke to the people present. The fact is that, when the ALP does release a policy, 6 months or so later, when the media has forgotten that it was the Labor Party that developed it, the government announces the same initiative. It states that it has had a committee looking at it for several weeks. Once again, that was the case with the ALP's 'Neighbourhood Streets' policy. The Attorney-General said that the government had developed this great idea of reducing speed limits in residential areas. Other members opposite are beginning to ask when the Labor Party will release another policy because they have no policies of their own. They have to steal Labor Party policy. The ALP's 'Neighbourhood Streets' policy has been circulated publicly for months. Press releases have been issued and statements have been made in the media. Meetings of Neighbourhood Watch groups have been addressed on the policy. This is why the member for Katherine and the member for Port Darwin keep asking the opposition to announce more policies. It is because they have none of their own and they need ours to run with. The member for Leanyer had a humorous time this morning at my expense, and I guess that is his prerogative. I would have to say that it seemed a gross waste of question time, but that was his decision. However, what is of concern is the propriety of the way in which ministers operate. On a number of occasions, the Chief Minister has issued instructions to members of the Legislative Assembly on the protocol laid down for various activities. It is very important that ... Mr Stone: And you keep getting it wrong. 10 246

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