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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 but to carry out the most extensive audit of government activities since self-government. One would have thought that this government would be applauded for that initiative. As I have said, the Territory is not alone in this process of assessment which cuts across political boundaries. I refer to a report in yesterday's The Australian. The headline is 'Blueprint for Kirner: Slash and Sell': A radical cut in the size of government and sweeping privatisation were the key elements in a blueprint for the restructuring of Victoria's stricken economy released by leading business and employer groups yesterday. The comprehensive report, Project Victoria - an Agenda for Change, called for dramatic reductions in staff levels in the public sector and increased competition from the private sector where complete privatisation was not an option. And further on: The report targets health, education and public transport as areas of government expenditure 'captured by sectional interest' and as a result significantly higher than in other states. More than $1000m could be saved without loss of quality, mostly in these areas, by reducing overstaffing and improving efficiency, the report claims. As I have said, the Territory is not alone in the process. The government has acted responsibly in carrying out one of the most extensive audits since self-government. As I indicated from the outset, I do not intend to dwell on the cuts in education other than to restate that those cuts were confined to 5.2% of the education budget, with the greatest cuts being effected in corporate and administrative services. This government has indeed acted responsibly, and we will indeed be the first out of the recession. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I rise as opposition spokesman for education also to place on the record that, contrary to the views of the minister, the government has dealt quite duplicitously with the people of the Northern Territory. His claim that the Northern Territory is set to be first out of the recession is absurd. As other opposition speakers have noted, and as was noted earlier in debate today, this government has pulled the wool over the eyes of the Northern Territory people, bringing down a budget before the election, going to the people and winning on the basis of that budget and then saying to the electorate that it forgot to mention a couple of matters. Mr Coll ins: They learnt from Victoria and Western Australia. Mr BELL: I will pick up the Interjection from the member for Greatorex who basically supports the government. Heaven knows why he is sitting on this side of the House. Mr Bailey: Because they do not want him on that side. Mr BELL: Yes, I suppose we do know why he is on this side of the House. We just happen to regret it. 868

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