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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 occasion and I wonder what it will all mean to those people of the Northern Territory who are not invited to the party. Even after the minister has spoken, the questions remain. Why did a project of this size not go to open tender as is normally required with Department of Transport and Works contracts valued at over $3000? What really happened between Warren Anderson, the Northern Territory government and the CLP for this cosy deal to be struck, and why are these cost overruns continuing beyond any explanation that any government member can provide? The Permaline contract for around $170 000 raises conflict of interest matters that would be pursued in any other parliament in the country, but which apparently are acceptable here. Why did that former Minister for Transport and Works, the member for Brennan, not stand down during the time when a contract of that kind was being awarded to a company that he owns? Did Tipperary Developments ever submit to the government a strategic plan for the State Square project, as was required, within 28 days of the signing of the contract? If it did, when was it submitted? If it was never submitted, was action taken against the company and, if not, why not? Did it ever submit a security deposit of $3m? If it was not submitted at that time as required, when was the security deposit lodged? We will not receive answers to those questions and that failure to respond justifies the censure of this minister. The Chief Minister would do well to look at incorporating the Departments of Transport and Works and Education under the former Minister for Transport and Works because he is the one person who has followed this project through and he has the answers to these questions. It will be interesting to see if he rises to provide them, as the current minister is unable to do. We acknowledge the member for Sanderson has not been Minister for Transport and Works for long and that the Chief Minister had to allocate the portfolio somewhere when the member for Brennan disgraced himself. Nonetheless, it is his responsibility now. State Square and Parliament House have been in the news .. . Mr POOLE: A point of order, Mr Speaker! The honourable member should know that he cannot denigrate a member of this Assembly in the way he did by asserting that the former minister had disgraced himself. Mr SPEAKER: That is quite right. Mr STIRLING: I withdraw, Mr Speaker. This is now the responsibility of the member for Sanderson as Minister for Transport and Works. State Square and the new Parliament House have been the news. Apparently, the minister was expecting that a motion of censure would be moved against him this morning. Whether he felt perhaps that he deserved it or whether it was a move on the part of the opposition that was expected, the minister should have been on top of the questions put to him. He was not. Clearly, he is not across the myriad issues that relate to this project. That is why this censure is necessary - to attempt to ensure that the latest Minister for Transport and Works gets across his portfolio responsibilities and, most importantly, the details of this project. Mr FINCH (Education and Training): Mr Speaker, it is difficult to know where to start, but I will quote the words of Hon Bob Collins, a federal Senator and a former Labor Leader of the Opposition in this Assembly. In that great ABC television program, which provided an insight into the Labor 10 160

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