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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 of independents, highly unlikely as that might be. We would all be in the same position and we would all be ... A member interjecting. Mr COLLINS: Not necessarily. That is how it used to be. The British system was that everybody was elected and then they banded together to form a government. I am sure that you do not need to be told how that worked. Mr Speaker, getting down to the tintacks, what concerns me most is the fate of Traeger Park Primary School which is in the heart of my electorate. It was the second oldest existing primary school in the Alice Springs area. It was named after Alfred Traeger, who was the pedal wireless operator for the flying doctor. Perhaps 10 days ago, I had a phone call from Mrs Hughes, a lady who attended the opening of that school. Her husband was a policeman. She said something which, interestingly, was raised by the member for MacDonnell this morning. She said: 'It was stated at the opening that the school was designed in a manner such that, in an emergency, it could become a hospital'. Mr Bell: I do not think that she had a fiscal emergency in mind. Mr COLLINS: That may well be true. However, if we do not concentrate on the fiscal situation and our present monetary system, we will all be in the type of trouble to which Senator Walsh referred on Lateline last night, and I will come back to that shortly. It is certainly true that most of my constituents would vastly prefer to have Traeger Park Primary School school remain open than for a new Parliament House to be built, and I sympathise with that sentiment. The school has not been an easy school for the staff to work in and parental interest has not been strong, certainly not strong enough to have a school council ... Mr Bell interjecting: Mr COLLINS: I can see that there is a positive side in that. It seemed impossible to have a council established for that school. Perhaps it was because parents were too shy. Whatever the reason, a council was not established. That did not help the school and it certainly did not help the teachers. I will say, however, that there are some very positive aspects to the school. A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of joining parents and students at an open morning at the school. I even cooked a few pancakes and raised a few bob for the school. It was good to be there and to sense the way the teachers felt about the students. Three ladies helped me to serve the pancakes and I could tell from their conversation and their attitude towards the children that they were very caring and concerned and had built up very good relationships with them, as one would expect in any school. I dip my lid to the principal's dedication. It is not easy to run a school when many of the students do not attend very regularly. Some of them come from the creek. Apparently they do not fit in tribal ly at the Yipirinya school and the Traeger Park School has been their home. If there is one positive aspect of the listing of the school for closure at the end of the year, it is the way in which parents have been galvanised into action. I would have been at the school on Saturday had it not been for a long-standing commitment to work at the Sadadeen Primary School fete. 823

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