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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 19.93 I could continue to talk about the 18 000 m3 of concrete and the 42 000 m2 of wall lining. I could point out that the project has put food on the tables of Territory families. Mr Stirling: When they are paid! Mr MANZIE: On that point, I have to reiterate that the subcontractors have been paid, and they have been paid within 14 days of completion. What we are talking about is variations and prolongations. There are contractual arrangements and I for one am simply ensuring that the process continues in accordance with those contractual arrangements and that those claims are assessed. To suggest that the government should interfere in contractual arrangements between private bodies is foolhardy, and to do it would be ridiculous. All in all, there is absolutely no evidence to show that anything that has been said by the government is inaccurate. In fact, no evidence has been produced to show that. I think that it would have to be admitted that we have produced evidence today that shows not only that the member for Millner has been inaccurate in what he has said but that he has known that what he said was inaccurate. He stands condemned for that fact. Before I conclude, I think that I should give some ... Mr Bailey: I think they intend to censure you, my dear colleague. Mr Parish: Good! I have never been censured before. I am so pleased. Mr MANZIE: No, I do not have it. Mr Parish: Come on, I have been looking forward to this. Mr MANZIE: There are no second prizes I am afraid, sunshine. Mr Parish: I ask you to give an undertaking that the next speaker will censure me because I will be upset if you do not. Mr MANZIE: Today's performance by the member for Millner has been fairly poor and the Leader of the Opposition should look very carefully at it. He should ask himself why he has allowed the member for Millner to take on the role of the member for Nhulunbuy who is the opposition spokesman on transport and works. Why haven't we heard from the member for Nhulunbuy in that capacity on this issue? Mr Parish: He speaks next. Mr MANZIE: Why didn't he lead the charge? Perhaps it is because the member of Nhulunbuy ... Members interjecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr MANZIE: Perhaps the member for Nhulunbuy has not fulfilled his role of spokesman of transport and works in this context because he does not want to tell lies in public or to find his reputation being gradually destroyed as is that of the member for Millner. Perhaps that is why the opposition spokesman on transport and works has not been heard speaking publicly on issues relating to State Square. 10 154

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