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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 Mr PARISH: I thought that you might be able to. There is a second reason why the letter could not have been written in April 1988. If the minister had bothered to read it, which he did not - he simply said the first thing that came into his head, as he does in relation to all these matters - he would have seen that the letter referred to a date in August 1988 and obviously was written after that date. In fact, when I checked my documents, I was able to locate and provide to journalists a letter of acknowledgement from the recipient making it perfectly clear that the letter was received on 21 October. Thus, quite clearly ... Mr Finch: Where did you get that letter from? Mr Manzie: That was the date to which I was referring. I think April was another document ... Members interjecting. Mr PARISH: It should have sunk into the minister's head by now that the opposition is receiving truckloads of letters from subcontractors and building contractors in the Northern Territory because they have had a gutful of the way in which this government is screwing Territory contractors. Mr Finch: That is not where this came from. It did not come from a subcontractor or a contractor. Mr PARISH: That is how we obtained it. Mr Finch: It did not come from a subcontractor or a contractor. I believe that you are telling lies. It did not come from a subcontractor or a contractor, and you know that it did not. Mr BAILEY: A point of order, Mr Speaker! I am sure that you have not actually heard the member for Leanyer but he has been sitting there for 5 minutes now interjecting that the member for Millner is telling lies. Even though this is a censure motion, it is not against the member for Millner and the member for Leanyer should be asked to withdraw that. Mr FINCH: Mr Speaker, speaking to the point of order, this substantive motion accuses the minister of telling lies, as was enunciated by the member earlier ... Mr Bailey: It is a censure motion. Mr FINCH: I would have thought that it was appropriate to use 'lies' in order to put a convincing argument that someone else was using lies. Members interjecting. Mr SPEAKER: Order! We have a very difficult situation here at the moment in terms of the censure motion. The only way that we will be able to move through the debate without further disruption is if honourable members on both sides conform with the normal rules of debate. I ask the Minister for Education and Training to refrain from interjecting and to withdraw the imputation, if any. Mr FINCH: I do not think that the member is telling lies. Mr SPEAKER: Thank you. We have a long way to go ... 10 138

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