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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

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Parliamentary Record 3


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 Hr Finch interjecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member will be heard in silence. Mr BAILEY: I draw the honourable minister's attention to a document entitled 'Ministerial Task Force Report on the Use of Government School Facilities'. He may be familiar with the title although I do not think that he has read the contents. At page 13, in relation to recommendation 14, we see that there was a majority recommendation that Tiwi Primary School and Tiwi Preschool be closed with effect from the end of the 1991 school year. I draw the minister's attention to the very next paragraph. 'The minority view (Creswick and Pontifex) is that Tiwi School should remain open'. Mr Stone: Say that again. Mr BAILEY: It is at page 13. Has the department given you a different version? Is that the same report as the one that told you that the department had only 10 superintendents, not 17? Perhaps we should refer to the honourable minister as the minister for mushrooms because, Mr Deputy Speaker, his department has been feeding him the biggest load of manure imaginable. Mr Deputy Speaker, I seek leave to table the minister's own document so that he may read it. Leave granted. Mr BAILEY: Once again, the minister has proved his incompetence by not even reading his own document. He proved it yesterday when, in response to a dorothy dixer, he demonstrated his lack of knowledge of his department when he tried to suggest that it has 10 superintendents although its own telephone directory lists 17. He also forgot to mention the large number of directors and assistant secretaries. Mr Manzie: That listing has not changed for 5 years. Mr BAILEY: I am talking about the 1990-91 listing. I am quite happy for the minister to correct me if I am wrong, but I am sure that the end result of such an attempt would be another apology from him. Although the task force comprised 5 members, one of them being the President of COGSO, it should be noted that the other so-called parent representative was not selected by COGSO. He was not on the task force to represent COGSO; he was another ministerial appointee. Mr Hatton: Are you impugning his character? Mr BAILEY: I am not impugning his character. However, if the minister wants to claim that he represented COGSO, I would suggest that the minister should have gone to COGSO and asked it to appoint another representative rather than selecting someone without making any reference to it. The government has shown arrogance and dishonesty throughout this whole exercise. Before lunch, we heard the honourable minister deliver his prepared speech. We all know what he did before he came here. He was a person who was paid to produce speeches, whether he believed in their content or not. He tried to deliver his speech with feeling. He tried to 790

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