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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 variation claims take a considerable time to settle. However, it is not unreasonable or unusual. It is not unusual given what some of us have seen brought forward in the past to substantiate a claim for variation. It is 'back of the envelope' material in some cases. The original prolongation claims in relation to the Supreme Court involved a number of million dollars. In the end, these were settled happily for $700 000. In relation to nonsense mentioned by the member for Millner, about $lm-worth of air-conditioning ducting being thrown on the dump, I think $78 100 was actually the figure involved. As far as the material being taken to the dump is concerned, I am not sure if that was at the direction of the prime contractor or someone else. However, it was to be disposed of from the site. There was nothing clandestine about that. Honourable members on the New Parliament House Committee knew that we had wasted work that had already been done. We spoke about it in the committee and agreed that, if the ministerial offices and the State Reference Library were to be included in the building, there would be a cost penalty because we would have to abort some work. That involved $78 000-worth of ducting work, which is nowhere near to $lm. No wonder people do not believe the members opposite. I can see some real difficulties arising for the member for Millner in this regard. It is not surprising that they are having difficulty with this Parliament House business because, over the years and with the exception of Terry Smith, opposition members have shown no interest at all in what has been happening. The member for Victoria River did not know what he was talking about. He asked whether members of the New Parliament House Committee actually made decisions when they met. No evidence has been put forward to suggest that lies have been told. On that note, I move that the motion be put. Mr SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be put. The Assembly divided: Ayes 14 Noes 10 Mr Coulter Mr Dondas Mr Finch Mr Bailey Mr Bell Mr Collins Mr Cartwright Mr Ede Mrs Hickey Mr Lanhupuy Mr Parish Mr Rioli Mr Stirling Mr McCarthy Mr Manzie Mr Ortmann Mrs Padgham-Purich Mr Palmer Mr Perron Mr Poole Mr Reed Mr Setter Mr Stone Mr Vale Motion agreed to. Mr SPEAKER: The question is that the motion be agreed to. Motion negatived. 10 165