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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 South-east Asia as we are, we should be aiming to have 50% of our students coming out of Year 6 or Year 7 speaking Indonesian, Mandarin or Japanese. I think that that should be a minimum objective that we should be moving towards. Occasionally, the member for Jingili rises in this Assembly, after he has been over in Teddy's Bar, and says what an excellent idea speaking Indonesian is. Mr SETTER: A point of order, Mr Speaker! I believe the member for MacDonnell was trying in some way to associate me with the activities of Teddy's Bar in Kupang, Indonesia. I find that imputation offensive and it is certainly untrue. I ask that he withdraw. Mr SMITH: Mr Speaker, the imputation exists only in the member for Jingi1i 1s own mind. Mr MANZIE: Mr Speaker, I believe that the remarks made by the member for MacDonnell were unparliamentary and should be withdrawn. He was referring to a language program in schools and then referred to the good work that has been carried out by the member for Jingili in trying to rationalise relations with a foreign country. However, by imputation, he proceeded to cast doubt on the propriety of the member for Jingili by implying that he had spent time in a bar when he visited an overseas country. I think that is despicable on the part of the member for MacDonnel1. Mr Vale: This is supposed to be a serious debate. Mr Hatton: Trivialising the whole thing. Mr SPEAKER: Order! I would ask the honourable member to withdraw unreservedly. Mr BELL: Mr Speaker, I withdraw unreservedly any reference to Teddy's Bar. Mr Stone: Are you serious about this or what? Mr BELL: I am, absolutely. I do not know where Teddy's Bar is, but I remember its being mentioned in respect of one of the honourable member's visits to some part of Indonesia. Mr MANZIE: A point of order Mr Speaker! I believe that the number for MacDonnell is out of order in debating with you your decision to ask him to withdraw his remarks. Mr SPEAKER: There is a point of order. I would ask the . Mr Bell: There is not, you know. Mr SPEAKER: There is a point of order in the opinion of the Speaker. The honourable member indicated that he would withdraw the remark and continue with the censure motion. Mr BELL: Mr Speaker, it was essentially frivolity. The serious issue is quite obviously that that type of target ought to be set. We should be aiming for that result. We should not be closing a 778

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