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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 abreast of computer developments, we will fall behind very rapidly compared to the rest of Australia. If that results from making the 'highest proportion of reductions outside the school fence', it is a total and hopeless waste. In a later debate, I will refer to another matter which relates to my own electorate. I will not discuss it in debate on a censure motion. When we have finished debating the ERC, we can discuss that matter. I believe that it is despicable, disgraceful and worthy of censure that, through this process, the minister has sabotaged programs in bush schools that have taken many years to develop and which were close to coming to fruition. Mr COLLINS (Greatorex): Mr Speaker, I suppose that, if ever I were to have an opportunity to stick the knife into the Minister for Education in revenge for his doing me out of CLP preselection a couple of terms ago, this would be it. Mr Bell: Make sure you don't miss out! Mr COLLINS: However, in reality, I do not hold any grudge against the Minister for Education. In one sense, perhaps, he did me a big favour. I enjoy being on the crossbenches. It may mean that I miss out on the possibility of moving a little higher up the ladder, but that is how it goes. Mr Ede: They could have made you deputy whip! Mr COLLINS: Deputy whip. That would be about as high as I would have ever gone. Mr Ede: That could have meant another $5000 or $6000. Name your price! Mr COLLINS: Mr Speaker, to be serious, it is obvious that the entire country is experiencing financial problems and I would like to quote from the ABC Lateline program last night. The topic of the program was Coronation Hill, sacred sites etc. At the end, Senator Walsh was given the opportunity to comment. I do not think that Senator Walsh totally understands the monetary system and the way in which credit is created, but I think most of us have a pretty high regard for him. He believes what he says, and is an honest gentleman. The interviewer put it to him that it would be very hard for the federal Cabinet to come down in favour of mining at Coronation Hill after all that has occurred before. I believe that Senator Walsh's response is pertinent: Australians have been living on borrowed money and borrowed time for a long period and, sooner or later, if they do not realise that they cannot afford these sorts of flippant obstructions to overcoming our fundamental economic problems, the management of the Australian economy will be taken out of the hands effectively of the Australian government. That frightens me, Mr Speaker. That is saying that we will not be in control of our own economy. I am sure that the good Senator measured his words pretty carefully, and I would like to know a great deal more about what he was referring to. Who will take over the economic control of the country? I am sure that he is very concerned about our debt level. Because of that debt level, Territory funding has been cut, especially as this government is not politically in favour in Canberra. However, it would not matter whether the ALP or the CLP had won the last election, or even a group 822

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