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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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DFRATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 enrolments. The ministerial officer said that the information would be supplied, but that it might take a little time. It was public information that would allow us to have reasoned and informed discussions. The officer saw no problems because it was information that the task force was working on. Some 4 weeks later, I rang the minister's office and reminded them that we had been waiting 4 weeks for the figures which I am sure everyone in the department and the minister's office was using as the basis for their arguments. What answer did I receive? I was told: 'We decided that we would not give those to you. Thanks for contacting us. If you really want to know the figures, why don't you wait until the Assembly is sitting and ask the minister. He will be ready to give them to you'. What sort of arrogance is that from the minister's department? There had not been even a phone call or letter of apology indicating that it had been decided not to honour a commitment given 4 weeks earlier. What arrogance, Mr Deputy Speaker! The minister went on to say that the purpose was to alleviate the 'distress to schools'. Look at the Tiwi school in my electorate. Ironbar, the Leader of Government Business, referred to its being only 900 m to Wanguri Primary School and only 600 m to Nakara Primary School and that only a few studnts ... Mr Perron: What are you talking about? He didn't mention that at all. Mr Reed: You have the wrong speaker. Mr Setter: I did not mention that at all. Mr BAILEY: My apologies, Mr Speaker. It was the Attorney-General who used those figures. It is easy for him to say that it is only a short distance, but what he has failed to point out is that, to reach either of those schools, very young primary school children have to cross a 4-lane road. Mr Finch: Check the traffic count there. Mr BAILEY: The traffic flow is not such that a crossing is warranted. However, I am sure that the Minister for Transport and Works is familiar with the stretch of Trower Road near the intersection with Henbury Avenue. Anyone who sat there with a radar gun would find many vehicles passing at speeds of 80 km/h and 90 km/h. At the end of Henbury Avenue, there is a very dangerous blind corner which cars negotiate at very high speeds. Would you tolerate your 5-year-old crossing that road without any support? Mr FINCH: A point of order Mr Deputy Speaker! In fact, I have 2 points of order. Firstly, the honourable member is not addressing his remarks through the Chair. Secondly, and more pertinently, the honourable member is not addressing himself to the terms of the amendment. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: There is a point of order. I ask the honourable member to address his remarks through the Chair and to address himself to the amendment. Mr BAILEY: Mr Deputy Speaker, I believe that I am addressing the amendment. The amendment seeks quite clearly to commend the minister for 828

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