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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 Mr BAILEY: Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister says that there are protocols that should be followed by opposition members. An example is that, if an issue falls within your shadow responsibilities, it is totally against the relevant protocol to approach the department involved or any public servant or officers in relation to that issue. Mr Stone: I am glad you understand that. Mr BAILEY: Yes, and that is the issue. Members of the opposition are told that the protocol requires that, where an issue falls within their shadow responsibility, that issue should be raised only with the relevant minister for him to deal with. That is the protocol. That is what we have been told we have to do. I am sure that the member for Port Darwin will remember ... Mr Stone: Why are you picking on me? Is it because I am the only one ... Mr BAILEY: I support you, mate. When the member for Port Darwin was responsible for the closure of Tiwi Primary School, we asked for a commitment from the government that facilities then available to the community would continue to be available to the community. The member for Port Darwin, the then minister, said there was no problem with that and that the oval area to the rear of the school and the scout/guide hall and other facilities that are used by community groups in the area would remain available. Over a number of years, the local branch of the Labor Party in that area has run a social function at Tiwi Primary School ... Mr Stone: You have done what? Mr BAILEY: The ALP has rented the old scout/guides hall at the rear for a social function. Mr Stone: That is not a community group. Mr BAILEY: Recently, I raised a couple of issues with the Minister for Education and Training. Firstly, I wrote a letter to him because I had received reports that the grass behind Tiwi school was burnt. I am referring to short, mown grass. Mr Reed: What has this got to do with the toilet paper? Mr BAILEY: Mr Speaker, I will come to that. In my letter, I said: I have had a report that the NTU has not been looking after the oval at the old Tiwi School, specifically that it has not been watered. This lack of watering has led to the oval not being suitable for use by community or sporting groups. Additionally future use of the oval will be restricted as I understand that there was a fire, which burnt off half the oval, last Friday. I can accept that theft of irrigation equipment in early July has hindered watering, but ask why it appears that nothing was done to rectify the loss and recommence watering. 10 247