Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993
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D EB A T E S - T h u r s d a y 21 O c tober 1993 that level. If the Chief Minister does not believe that his protocol directions should be conformed with, so be it. M r STONE (Industries and Development): Mr Speaker, I did indeed make a commitment and I will take the matter up with the university because I like to see my commitments honoured, as they always are. Yesterday, a letter to the editor appeared in the NT News entitled 'Mining for silver circle'. In fact, the letter made no reference to any Silver Circle - so much for editorial balance. As for the letter itself, the writer M. Symons of Darwin attacked 2 respected long-term Territorians, Joe Fisher and Bob Cleary. The latter, Bob Cleary, was not named but was identified by reason of the fact that he heads ERA and recently won the Engineer of the Year Award, for which I congratulate him. For the record. Bob Cleary is an outstanding Territorian, not only for his contribution to the mining industry but also for his role in the community. His Chairmanship of NTOC and membership of the Northern Territory Employment and Training Authority attest to his community spirit. As for Joe Fisher, the attack on this fine old Territorian stems from the fact that a bridge over the Mary River has been named after him. It was a mean and ill-informed attack. For the record, we name bridges and roads and buildings after living Territorians as well as those who have passed on. We honour our pioneers and we make no apology for doing so. Joe Fisher opened up a good deal of the country over the Mary River as a miner. A life member of the Northern Territory Chamber of Mines, his career in mining spans some 55 years and continues to this day. His country has already awarded him an AM. As for being a member of the so-called Silver Circle, it is a matter of public record that, at times, Joe has been a strident critic of this government. As an independent member, he served in the Northern Territory Legislative Council from 1 June 1961 to 25 October 1968 and as an official member from 20 September 1969 to 19 October 1974. He stood against the Chief Minister, Hon Marshall Perron, in Stuart Park in October 1974 and was defeated by 6 votes. It could never be said that Joe Fisher is anyone other than his own man. Whoever you are M. Symons, your letter was mean-spirited and ill-informed and you owe both Bob Cleary and Joe Fisher an apology. I join with the Chief Minister in recording my condolences on the death of Renn Murray. The Chief Minister has set out at length the great contribution Renn made. I knew him for a short time only compared with others. However, I worked with him on the Itinerants Committee and I saw him frequently in the time that I knew him. I visited his facility at Bees Creek and greatly admired this man who had pulled himself up by the bootstraps to help others less fortunate than himself. I extend my deepest sympathy to his wife, Trish, and family. I was saddened to hear a few months ago of the death of Geoff Eldridge, founder of Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine. Geoff was tragically killed while competing in the Acerbis Rally in Nevada USA on 25 August when he collided with a 4-wheel-drive that had strayed in error onto the rally course. He was 43 years of age. Perhaps more than any other journalist, Geoff Eldridge helped to make the Finke Desert Race a high profile event on the national racing agenda. Geoff went to Alice Springs to report the 1979 Finke race and attended all but 2 of the races from that date on. He competed in many races, including this year's in which he came second in the veterans' class. On the occasions that he could not attend, he arranged for other staff to cover the race. He had an obvious affinity with the Territory and provided invaluable media exposure for events such the 10 250
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