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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 contents of the ERC document, it would seem that the CLP government is seeking to devolve to the federal government responsibility for more and more functions that the CLP should be taking on. Mr Deputy Speaker, I say that the Minister for Education stands condemned for dismantling the education system that we have enjoyed in the Territory and for setting this back several decades. I would like to conclude by quoting a Tennant Creek resident who probably finds herself in a very difficult position now. I refer to Kay Rose, the Chairman of the Barkly Open College. She has worked very hard to develop and to sustain the facility in the town and she is in the difficult position where she is trying to support both the Karguru School and the Open College: 'The community watched Kargaru develop from an idea into a great school', said Kay Rose, who was one of the first to work at Karguru when it opened 15 years ago. 'It is a school that has been designed specifically for children as it is set away from highway traffic. Everything has been purpose-built to suit young children and the achievements are something to be proud of. It is a really beautiful school1. Personally, I think that Karguru has attracted closure because it stood up on its hind legs and complained that the air-conditioning was not adequate. I think the Minister for Education has used this as an excuse to close that school. This is really not a good enough reason or excuse. It is not accepted by the children, the parents, the teachers or the community of Tennant Creek. I have spoken specifically for my own electorate. I am sure that, in the course of these sittings, others will speak on behalf of the schools in their electorates and will indicate how this will impact on them. Mr Coulter: You are being very parochial. Is that what you are referring to? Mrs HICKEY: I am saying that this is an indication of what goes on. It is acknowledged that Warrego Primary School was to be closed anyway. COGSO agreed that that was the case, and the same is true of Kiarna and Ganjarani. There is no argument about those. If the Department of Education had been doing its job properly, those schools would have been closed anyway. I wonder at the logic of opening Kiana in the first place but, be that as it may, there is a logical explanation for what is to happen to those schools because they would have been closed anyway in the normal course of events. Karguru is a very different matter, as was acknowledged by the COGSO representatives on the task force. Mr HATTON (Industries and Development): Mr Deputy Speaker, as honourable members must be aware, this debate is anything but easy for me to participate in given the circumstances of one of the schools within my own electorate. Nevertheless, I rise to oppose the motion moved by the opposition and to support the amendment moved by the Attorney-General. In doing that, I would like to address some of the issues raised by members of the opposition and the reasons why I think their motion is incorrect. In particular, I would like to address some of the difficult circumstances that are confronting the people within my electorate, especially the school community of Rapid Creek. The proposed closure of that school is something that that I have personal feelings about, given the many years of involvement that I and my family have had with the school. 803

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