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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 be attacked in here, not for what he says, but for what he leaves out. That is the truth and it is a bit of a shame. I hope that he will pull his socks up because he has an important role and he should rise to the occasion. Mr Bailey: Being patronising does not help, Daryl. Mr MANZIE: I do not know what helps, but he needs some help somewhere along the line, Mr Speaker. I suppose we should all help him a bit. It is clear, that the consultation process was carried out very effectively, and that is contrary to the first point in this censure motion. The second point refers to the 'distress caused to students and their parents by the closure of 11 pre and primary schools'. As I said earlier, distress and emotional feelings result when change is required in anyone's circumstances. In relation to schools and young people, it is extremely difficult, and we recognise that problem. We have a process in train to try to alleviate that as much as possible. The member for Wanguri and other members opposite could play a part in trying to alleviate as much of the stress and emotion as possible but, for political purposes the member for Wanguri would rather create greater stress and greater emotional problems. The problem there is that it affects young children. Any attempt by anyone to try to create greater stress and greater emotional problems for young children is to be deplored. I ask the member for Wanguri to do the best he can, for the benefit of the people concerned, to make this whole process work much more smoothly. We are not even talking about vast changes, and it is worth while keeping this in context. Paragraph 3 of the motion refers to 'compromising the quality of education of Territory children for short-term cost savings'. There has been no evidence of a compromise on the quality of education. There has been ... Mr Bailey: There has not been any evidence of cost savings either. Mr MANZIE: The member for Wanguri is still babbling on over there. I suppose that it is pretty hard for him to listen and absorb information when he is talking himself. Perhaps that is his secret. That may be the way he manages to preserve his blissful ignorance.- he simply closes his ears and opens his mouth. It would help if he did take in a bit of information because then he might be able to contribute a little better and he might be able to inform his constituents a little better. Let us come back to the quality of education. Questions were asked of the minister this morning and he stated quite clearly that the educational programs referred to at the schools to be closed would be moved to other schools. Opportunities will be available for the students presently doing those courses to continue with them. The minister talked about languages and music. It is important to point out that all schools in the Territory provide great opportunities for language and music courses. Mr Bailey: Rubbish! Some schools do not offer language courses at all. Mr MANZIE: Some schools operate a more detailed program in relation to languages other than English, music and other specialised areas. Those programs that are additional to the normal curriculum in the schools that are being closed will not be lost. They will be transferred to other schools that the students will be attending. 797

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