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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 other schools, the savings per student would be in excess of $2000. The difference is that the latter were in CLP electorates such as that of the Leader of Government Business. Ask him how much would have been saved by closing some of the schools in his electorate? Mr Stone: You want to close Wagaman, do you? Mr BAILEY: No. I do not want to close any schools. I am not two-faced. Mr Stone: Is that ALP policy? Mr BAILEY: I do not want to close Wagaman School. Mr Speaker, even their own document indicates that there are appropriate times to close schools. We have no objections to at least 3 of the schools that are being suggested for closure. Mr Stone: Which 3? Mr BAILEY: Warrego, Kiana - and, whilst talking about Kiana, it will be interesting to hear the honourable minister comment on the $10 000 upgrade which was gazetted about 2 weeks before the decision was made to close the school. What efficient organisation! Mr Stone: We did not pre-empt anything. Mr Reed: Which is the third? Mr BAILEY: Berrimah Preschool. We are aware of the arguments in relation to the closure of schools and we believe there are circumstances in which such closures can be justified. However, these do not include an unwillingness to trim the fat elsewhere in the education system. Even the elimination of the public relations section of the Department of Education would make sufficient savings to avoid the need for school closures. The minister's department issued a circular - which he says is no longer valid - on guidelines for school closures. Mr Stone: I did not say that. Mr BAILEY: The guidelines say that closures are appropriate when schools can no lonqer provide adequate educational programs. Tiwi, Rapid Creek, Karguru and Traeger Park Primary Schools were all providing adequate programs, as was stated by Mr Fong, a departmental member of the task force, when he visited Tiwi Primary School. He said that all of the threatened schools were providing educational programs which were the equal of those in any other school in the Northern Territory and he admitted that he had no hard evidence of any savings that would be gained by closing any of those schools. In conclusion, I challenge the minister to take responsibility for the detrimental effects of school closures on the children presently attending those schools. Mr MANZIE (Attorney -General): Mr Speaker, given that the member for Wanguri professes to have been a psychologist, I find his methods of persuasion quite surprising. His concept of winning an argument seems to be that he who shouts loudest shall score the most points. The trouble is that 793

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