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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 - T h u r s d a y 21 O c to be r 1993 Dear Mr Ortmann X am in receipt of your letter of 15 October 1993 Mr N. Bell MLA did in fact endeavour to refer a complaint about yourself to me late in August of this year. He sought an investigation as to whether you had committed an offence under the Oaths Act in respect of an affidavit sworn by you on 23 October 1 9 9 2 . I declined to accept the file he wished to tender to me, pointing out that investigations into offences was a matter for the police. The police considered his complaint and recently advised me of their conclusion that the complaint could not be sustained, and asked me to review the file and provide an advice to them. I have this day notified them of my opinion in the following terms: I have now had the opportunity of carefully reviewing all of the material submitted by Mr Neil Bell MLA in support of his inquiry as to whether Mr Ortmann MLA should be charged with making a false declaration under the Oaths Act(NT). In my view no offence is disclosed by the available m a t e r i a l . The matters indicated by Mr Bell do not support the contention that the statement in Mr Ortmann's affidavit was in fact false or that it was made with knowledge of its falsity at the relevant time. Yours faithfully, LEN FLANAGAN QC I take that as confirming what I have said all along. I have not sworn a false affidavit and I have not misled this House. Let us not wait for another hollow apology and let us not even call for one. I would rather be like the Attorney-General - comforted that we are right. Mrs HICKETy (Barkly) : Mr Deputy Speaker, on 11 October, I received a letter sent to me by the Alice Springs Water Committee which is seeking the support of all Northern Territory parliamentarians with regard to the conservation of water in central Australia. It said that, by 'water conservation' , it meant the 'careful and efficient use of water in our central Australian towns and communities, education of the community on water use and a better understanding of water as a valuable, scarce and expensive resource' . Clearly, this group is enlisting the support and involvement of parliamentarians and others in the community. I was interviewed recently by Ross Harrison of Harrison Market Research of Adelaide who is conducting market research on behalf of the Power and Water Authority with this very issue in mind. How I wish that Mr Harrison had come to see me this week because I would have talked to him about the wonderful service that pensioners in Tennant Creek are receiving from the Power and Water Authority and from the Department of Lands, Housing and Local Government. This week, pensioners in Tennant Creek have received debit notes, dated 18 October 1993. for excess water charges the last reading for which was taken over 14 months ago on 5 August 1992. In one case, a pensioner was billed for using 3-5 times her limit - namely 1728 kL when the allowance is 500 kL. Another pensioner has been billed for 2.5 times his limit for using 1200 kL. In both cases, the people deny any knowledge of how excess water could have been used. They disbelieve the readings. 10 266

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