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Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997



Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997

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Questions for 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 8th Assembly 1997 - 2001




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QUESTIONS - Thursday 27 November 1997 censure was moved against me, although I must say that it was very dismal. Members inteijecting Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r BALDWIN: As I explained yesterday, what we are looking for is relevance. We are looking for clearly defined roles and responsibilities with relevant functions for local government. The functions that the Yulara Town Council is currently undertaking are very limited and, since the change in the dynamics of that community with the sale of the resort, those functions have become almost negligent. M r Bailey: You are negligent! M r BALDWIN: Negligible. Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r BALDWIN: It has become a privatised, single-purpose resort community, and a local council has no relevance there. The councils rate base has changed. We went through all of this yesterday. The rate base will b e ... M r Stirling: You said the people would have a say. M r BALDWIN: The rate base will be predominantly... M r Stirling: They are not going to have a say. Ms M artin: They do not have the rights ... Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r BALDWIN: If the council continued, the rate base would be paid for predominantly by the new owners of the resort. It would be ludicrous to have the owners of a privatised resort pay rates to a council which then goes back to that resort company and contracts it to do the work that it is quite capable of doing in the first place. M r Bailey: It makes decisions about how that money is spent. It makes decisions about what is best for the community. M r Stirling: It is called democracy. Members inteijecting M r BALDWIN: Madam Speaker, we have been through all this. An advisory committee will be set up which will report to the Treasurer. Ms Martin: For how long? M r BALDWIN: It will continue on an ongoing basis... Ms Martin: For 18 months. M r BALDWIN: ... to ensure that the services that are now... M r Stirling: It is ongoing. Did the advisers lie? M r Bailey: Did the advisers lie? Madam SPEAKER: Order! The member for Wanguri. M r BALDWIN: Those services are not diminished. The cash assets will be vested in the government for the people of Yulara to build new facilities. They will make recommendations on how that will be spent when the ideas are gathered from the community. The council is holding $2m and, as the Treasurer outlined yesterday, a swimming pool is to be built. That announcement has been made, and the role of the committee will be ongoing. The opposition seems to think that my integrity is in question over this ... M r Stirling: It is in tatters, actually - absolute tatters. M r BALDWIN: Members opposite have said that I am hypocritical in doing this. That question needs to be looked at closely by the opposition. Some members opposite have form. The spokesperson for local government, the former director of the Northern Land Council, while... Members inteijecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! M r BALDWIN: The NLC has put much of its resources into damning community government councils in the Northern Territoiy. Much o f ... M r Ah Kit inteijecting. M r BALDWIN: This is the man. The NLC had people, with whom he was veiy closely associated, going around damning community 30