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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

Details:

Title

Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

Other title

Parliamentary Record 3

Collection

Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994

Date

1991-05-01

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/279515

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418775

Page content

DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 vehement opposition to the possible closure of Tiwi Primary School and other schools in the northern suburbs. We believe that the closure of Tiwi School would not be in the best interests of its students nor the community. The school is a vital link not only for its educational value but for its extensive use by many community groups and organisations. The Tiwi community needs our school and does not think that the government should contemplate closure in the face of such obvious opposition. Your petitioners, therefore, urgently request the Legislative Assembly to do all things possible to prevent the closure of Tiwi Primary School and other northern suburbs schools, and your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray. NOTICE OF MOTION Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, in view of the extraordinary answer from the Minister for Education and his cursory answers to questions asked by my colleagues the members for Wanguri and Millner, I give notice that, on the next sitting day, I will move that this Assembly censure the Minister for Education. Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member is unable to give notice of a motion at this stage. SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I move that so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion that this Assembly censure the Minister for Education. Mr SETTER (Leader of Government Business): Mr Speaker, pursuant to standing order 95, the government accepts the motion. Motion agreed to. MOTION Censure of Minister for Education Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I move that this Assembly censure the Minister for Education for: (1) failing to consult with parents, teachers and the community about the closure of 11 pre and primary schools; (2) causing distress to students and parents by the closure of 11 pre and primary schools; (3) compromising the quality of education of Territory children for short-term cost savings; and (4) retaining a bloated administration while diminishing the number of face-to-face teachers. On the face of it, the minister has made a courageous, if not entirely honest, attempt to justify what has been, as the opposition demonstrated yesterday, an extraordinarily hasty and dishonest exercise. In moving this motion of censure against the minister, I intend to argue the types of issues which deserve to be argued in public because I believe that they 774


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