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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 inevitability to the idea that it would be closed. Because of that, it became very difficult to recruit students for the school. Nonetheless, I believe Rapid Creek Primary School has done an excellent job. I trust that the programs and the educational philosophies that have been developed there can be brought into Nightcliff Primary School, or other receiving schools, so that they will not be lost, and so that we can hold together the school community as much as possible or bring together some amalgam of it in a new school community. We can beat our breasts and fight about the circumstances that we are confronting now but, as local members, we need equally to think about the practicalities of what we can do to minimise the disruption that will affect our constituents, and I will certainly be directing my attention to that. Mr SMITH (Millner): Mr Speaker, there is none more sanctimonious than the member for Nightcliff when he sets his mind to it, and that is one of the more sanctimonious performances I have heard him give. Judging from that speech, one might believe that the member for Nightcliff is all things to all people in the Rapid Creek area, but I can assure him and his government that he is not. There is one thing that gets up my nose, and I am sorry to bring families into this because, as a rule, I do not do that. However, for the honourable member to say that he and his family have a strong emotional attachment to Rapid Creek Primary School when he pulled his 2 junior kids out of the school and sent them to another school, is utter hypocrisy. If he knew 6 years ago that Rapid Creek Primary School was under threat, and if that is the reason he pulled his kids out and sent them somewhere else, he kept that pretty damned secret because no one else in the school community knew it. He is an absolute hypocrite on this issue, and he stands condemned. I thought that an appalling performance. For him to stand up sanctimoniously and say that his family had some strong commitment to Rapid Creek Primary School when he had removed his own children kids from there because he thought that the school might close in the near future ... Mr Perron: At least he has still got a family! Mr SMITH: He stands condemned, and so do you for your foul mouth. You are foul-mouthed. I would rather be - no, I will not ... Mr Perron: Come on, come on. Mr SMITH: Yes, I can if you like. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr SMITH: If you talk about my kids and my family compared to your kids and your family, we can get into that if you like. We can swap stories if you want to. Mr SPEAKER: Order! I ask the honourable member to address his remarks through the Chair. Mr SMITH: Well, you stop the honourable Chief Minister, Mr Speaker, from making very personal asides, because he will get tit for tat. If he wishes to continue in that way, I will serve it right up to him. Mr Perron: It is all right for you and my colleague here, but not for anybody else. 808

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