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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 30 November 1993

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Parliamentary Record 23


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Tuesday SO November 1993 Mr STONE: Not with me, but certainly with people like John Hare and a number of other office bearers at the time who were more than enthusiastic in the way that they put their case not only at meetings of the central council but also at annual conferences. I have another real interest in this matter in that I live less than a kilometre from the GPO in an electorate that has seen the best and worst of some of the planning that has occurred. In contrast to a number of the members opposite, including the member for MacDonnell and the Leader of the Opposition, this is a real issue for me. They represent electorates that would rarely see a planning issue and therefore are able to sit comfortably on the benches over there and say that this is what they would do and that this is what they believe in ... Mr Ede: What absolute garbage! Don't you get into Dixon Road? Mr STONE: They are well aware that they do not have to walk the fine line between the many different interest groups that comprise an urban electorate. I remind the Leader of the Opposition that he is there to represent all his constituents, including those who may not have voted for him. He is there for all his constituents. Mr Ede: Don't you know where Dixon Road is? Mr STONE: He reminds me that his electorate takes in a little of the Alice Springs town area, but Dixon Road is a fairly well settled new subdivision. That area is hardly likely to be confronted with the kinds of issues that I or the member for Nightcliff or the Chief Minister are likely to be confronted with. Mr Ede: Wrong! The northern industrial area of Alice Springs. You are talking about matters that you know nothing about. Mr STONE: These are very real issues for myself and a number of my colleagues and that is not the case in relation to some of those who sit opposite. One is required to walk ... Mr Ede: Is this to justify why you wimped out? Mr STONE: The Leader of the Opposition may continue to interject, but he did not offer anything of substance in what he had to say. Perhaps he will have more to say when we come to the committee stage, but I ask him to hear me in silence. I am required to walk a fine line between developers and people who live in my electorate. People are quite happy to develop the electorates in which other people live but, when something happens in their own street or next door to them, they take a different view of it. At times, that is one of the great frustrations of representing the electorate of Port Darwin. I have been before the tribunal ... Mr Ede interjecting. Mr STONE: I wonder whether the Leader of the Opposition has ever appeared before the tribunal with local residents, all of whom have a particular point of view. I have appeared with local residents and I have spoken for local residents even though, as the Minister for Industries and Development, I have carriage of the development of the Territory. I have to try to balance my role as a local member with my ministerial role. I have 10 643

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