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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 the garbage that he throws across the Chamber is completely devoid of logical argument. We have not heard a single sensible argument in relation to the requirement to rationalise expenditure and how best to go about that task. I thought that that was what this debate was about. We are debating a censure motion which contains 4 points, but the member for Wanguri did not address any of them. For the Deputy Leader of the Labor Opposition in this House, it was a most inept performance. However, we are becoming used to that. We need to see this subject in the context of the total economic environment. I am talking about Australia's economic position after 8 years of Australian Labor Party control of this country. The country is in a pitiful situation and the member opposite would do well to think about the policies which have led to this, not only in the Territory but throughout the whole country. He should be ashamed to associate himself with such policies. He has the audacity to tell his constituents that it is terrible of the Northern Territory government to decide to close a school, when the truth of the matter is that the policies of the ALP have destroyed the economy of this country and the quality of life of ordinary Australians. As a result, Labor is trying slowly to destroy the quality of education across the country. During the 8 years of Labor power in Canberra, what type of support have we received from the members opposite? We have seen the application of anti-development policies in this country - an approach which involved no timber industry, no dams, no uranium mining, many more national parks but no mining in national parks, the widespread granting of land rights, sacred sites legislation, higher interest rates, and destructive taxes which destroy incentives, close down businesses and eliminate jobs. We have seen this country go down hill to such an extent that, in all Labor states, the states whose policies the member for Wanguri supports, Departments of Education have been required to do much more than merely to tighten their belts. They have had to slash expenditure to the bone. It is worth while contemplating what is happening in the Australian states as a result of the policies this country has had to operate under for the last 8 years, remembering where we have come from and where we are now. The Department of Education in Tasmania has been forced to reduce overall staffing by 1056 or 16% in a recent cost-cutting exercise. The cut in teaching staff was 13%, and teachers salaries in Tasmania are now the lowest in Australia by far. Perhaps the member for Wanguri would like to see us operate along the lines of the Labor government in Tasmania, and cut education by 16% instead of 5%. Is that what he i c trying to say? Mr Bailey: God, you are a dill. Mr MANZIE: There is another example of the member for Wanguri's intelligent debating skills. He resorts to abusing people. He continually abused the Minister for Education, using such brilliant expressions as 'dill' and 'fool*. That demonstrates the level of his intelligence and it is typical of his contributions 1n this House. During these sittings, we have heard the phrase 'Eddie the Eagle' used. I think that everyone knows about the contribution made by Eddie the Eagle to sport, in world terms. The member for Wanguri is making a similar contribution to politics in the Territory. Let us have a look at what has happened in another Labor state as a result of the A LP1s national policies. Victoria has reduced education staffing levels by 1200 teaching jobs. Isn't that interesting? We did not 794

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