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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 context. In the few minutes remaining, I will indicate what was in my letter to the minister and what was in his reply. My letter* read: Recently, I attended a Territory Labor social function at the old Tiwi Primary School. I was less them impressed with the standard of the toilets and other facilities. I saw that the male toilets did not have any toilet paper. In addition, it appeared that they had not been cleaned for some time from the amount of dirt that had built up and what appeared to be rodent droppings. I am advised that the state of the women's toilets was similar. I was also unimpressed with the condition of the former Girl Guides room. One of the organisers told me it took her over an hour to clean. It was my understanding when the school was closed, that these premises were to be maintained as a community resource. It would seem that this is not the case. I would appreciate your earliest advice on this matter. The honourable minister wrote back in the following terms: I refer to your letter of 23 September 1993 regarding toilets at the Tiwi Annexe of Northern Territory University. There are 42 toilets in 10 separate areas and 13 external doors at the Tiwi complex. I am advised that the university, in an attempt to improve security and reduce overheads, has closed several of those external doors and taken out of everyday service the toilets not in common use. As part of the university's cost saving measures, the toilets not in everyday use are cleaned on an as required basis, and less frequently than the others. The university has advised however that external toilets and public places are appropriately cleaned and serviced prior to u s e . and their condition on this occasion was the result of an administrative oversight. The university has assured me that the Tiwi Annexe continues to be maintained and made available as a community resource. In other words, the honourable minister is quite happy to make a reasonable response to a reasonable letter in line with the protocol directions of the Chief Minister. From now on, if a reasonable question is put to a minister in accordance with the protocol directions of the Chief Minister ... Mr Perron: Not about toilet rolls. You do not have to write to the minister about that. Mr BAILEY: The Chief Minister has not been listening. I would like the minister who formerly had responsibility for education to place on the record again his commitment that these community facilities will be maintained at the same standard that they were previously. The purpose of my letter was to indicate that the facilities were not being maintained at 10 249