Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993
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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 All issues of the Junction Journal are produced using donations of material and volunteer labour which makes the professionalism of the production all the more remarkable. When Mrs Shotton and Mrs Muirhead approached me for help in securing a photocopier, I was more than happy to make representations to the Minister for the Arts on their behalf. I believe that newsletters such as the Junction Journal are an important means of communication and community cohesion especially in the more remote areas. Thanks to the efforts of the minister, through the Business Advisory Service, Mr Barry Phillips of the Xerox Shop was approached and he kindly agreed to donate a second-hand photocopier to the Junction Journal. I know that the editors and the recipients of the Douglas/Daly Junction Journal are very appreciative of their new machine. Another community newsletter that is going ahead in leaps and bounds is the Kalkaringi News which is produced by teachers at the school. Over the past few years, it has evolved from a classroom newsletter to a publication with news and information from all sections of the community. There are photographs and drawings, examples of children's work and writing, news from the council, the clinic, the church, the police and the CDEP office, not to mention the words of encouragement and sometimes despair from the school staff. The Kalkaringi News recently has undergone a dramatic transformation in layout and presentation. It has many more photos and graphics and is looking really good. The Elliott community also publishes a newsletter called Town and Country. This is put together by Bob Bagnall and Carol Wilson. It carries articles from the health clinic, Elliott School, the police, Newcastle Waters news, poems from local poets and so on. I thoroughly look forward to receiving electorate newsletters and, like many others, I am grateful there are people who are willing to put time and effort into producing them. I offer my congratulations to all those writers, editors and producers for such a fine job. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, since the last sittings of the Assembly, there have been 2 very fine occasions in Australian football, one of them in central Australia and the other in Melbourne with resonances in the Northern Territory. I was able to attend the former and to watch the latter on television. I had the pleasure of being the guest of the Central Australian Football League at its grand final. At that grand final, 2 old rivals, Souths and Pioneers, met in the match and the premiership went most decidedly to Souths. Obviously on that day, the teams were not evenly matched as the victory margin was greater than 12 goals, but nonetheless the superb talents of many players were amply demonstrated on the field and the game was a delight for the crowd. I was particularly pleased to see Adrian McAdam there supporting his old team Souths. Adrian has had a sensational year in the Australian Football League and, with his brother Gilbert, has gone a long way from the junior league in the Centre. The following weekend, we were treated to another feast of football when the AFL grand final was televised live from the MCG. Once again, it was not a close fought match, but still it was a magnificent exposition of skill. How enormously proud it made us feel to see that the finest exponent of skill on that day was our very own Michael Long. I have never seen a senior AFL football match where his speed and agility could be matched. He conjured up for me the great names of my youth, the great small players of the game like Bobby Skilton and Lou Richards and so on. He richly deserved the Norm Smith Medal which he won for his outstanding performance that day and how triumphant we all felt to see that medal presented to him by another Territorian, my colleague Maurice Rioli, himself a Norm Smith Medallist. 10 272
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