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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 application as if it related to Mr Hornsby's second successful application in 1 9 9 1 During a debate in the House on Tuesday 29 June, he is reported in the Parliamentary Record as saying: As I explained at the last sittings, that is essentially an indication of the kind of corrupt processes of government to which this motion relates. He went on to say: As I said in both the March and the May sittings, in my view there is at least a prima facie case for breach of the Oaths Act by the member for Brennan ... Following several interjections, he continued: I will not be deterred, Mr Speaker. I do not intend to let him get away with handing out $50 000-worth of subdivisional rights, in contravention of proper planning practices, to a CLP supporter at the behest of a Chairman of the Northern Territory Planning Authority who himself was formerly a minister in one of these governments. If there had been rather better invigilation of this matter by the fourth estate, the member for Brennan would be dead meat. On Thursday 26 August this year, he said: During these sittings, I do not intend to rehearse the facts or issues in regard to the Hornsby subdivision because that has been done on a number of occasions over the last year or so. Suffice it to say that I intend to keep the undertaking that I gave to this Assembly in March when I said that I would lay a complaint with the Director of Public Prosecutions about the member for Brennan, the former Minister for Lands and Housing, in the matter of his swearing a false affidavit in relation to the matter. I will lay a complaint before the Director of Public Prosecutions. In fact, I can report that I have completed documentation in that regard. He went on to say: By not putting these measures in place, the Territory government refuses to defend itself against allegations of corruption, cronyism and jobs for the boys. As far as the Hornsby subdivision is concerned, that was an exercise, firstly, in jobs for the boys and, secondly, in cronyism. It was not corruption because in return for the decision the minister himself did not receive any direct benefit either in cash or in kind. However, it is naive to suggest that it does not evidence cronyism simply because it is not corrupt. Following some further interjections, including one from the Attorney-General, the member went on to say: 10 264

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