Territory Stories

Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 29 November 2000



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 29 November 2000

Other title

Parliamentary Record 26


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




Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory





Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication


File type



Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

QUESTIONS - Wednesday 29 November 2000 why, when the gleeful member for Fannie Bay, the Leader of the Opposition with the sickly grin on her face, quoted from that document this morning, did not say which government, according to that same report, is the most popular with business in Australia. The answer is the Northern Territory government. She did not want to tell Territorians that because she is deceitful. But she cannot continue to be deceitful because Territorians now see through her. She misled the police by withholding information in relation to her staffer who gave a wrong name, with her encouragement, on ABC Radio at the behest of the former Deputy Leader of the Opposition ... Members inteijecting. Mr TOYNE: A point of order, Mr Speaker! The inference is that she is a liar. I would like it withdrawn. Mr SPEAKER: I did not hear it. Where did it come from? Mr TOYNE: From the member for Araluen. Mr SPEAKER: I wont rule that there is a point of order. I did not hear it. But I ask members to refrain from using unparliamentary language such as liar, if in fact it was used. Mr REED: She then had the temerity to dodge the media and to not disclose what the honourable member for Arafura had done with his vehicle - that is, wrecked it. She concealed that from the people of the Northern Territory in a very deceitful way. We find out in the press today that the member for Arafura has wrecked yet another vehicle. Did she come forward and say that? The Amateur Fishermens Association had to get her to withdraw what they said were lies in terms of what she attributed to the Amateur Fishermens Association. That woman is deceitful in her approach to the job. She cannot be trusted. In quoting the Yellow Pages report, why isnt she truthful enough to include the fact that the government in the Northern Territory was seen by business to be the one they supported most in Australia? Because it is damaging for her story. Capital Works Spending Mr ELFERINK to MINISTER for TRANSPORT and INFRASTRUCURE DEVELOPMENT My question goes on the coat-tails of the question asked by the member for Amhem. I am not entirely sure if the member for Amhem had the budget papers up the right way when he read them, because as I understand it there is an 11% increase in expenditure on capital works. I ask the appropriate minister to describe what capital works are occurring here in the Northern Territoiy. ANSWER Mr Speaker, this government did recognise that there was downturn in the constmction industry. From 1 July to 31 October this year, my department has let contracts worth $48.365m compared to last years $28.324m. That is an increase in real terms, taking into account inflation and the GST, in constmction activity led by this government of some 52%. We have let contracts for Royal Darwin Hospital to the value of $4.3m encompassing early works that are required to allow the redevelopment of the hospital at cost of $40m. We have let $ 10.89m worth of contracts for the Alice Springs Hospital redevelopment. $ 10.204m worth has gone to Territory companies. The Palmerston Health precinct, a $7m project, is 60% complete. Girraween Primary School is on the design list and will be let early next year for completion prior to the 2002 school year - $9m. As the Treasurer and Minister for Police pointed out, there is $6m on the new forensic laboratory at Berrimah. For stage 2 of the port development, the bulk liquids terminal to be let early next year, $20m, is in the final design stages. The extension to the main berth, $9m, is to be let in April 2001. The inter- modal container terminal, $40m, is to be let in May 2001. At Centralian College, we have just about completed the Tourism and Hospitality faculty, $5m, to be open for the next academic year. At the Dundee Beach boat ramp the groyne is reinstated, $340 000. It is a litany of success and commitment and dedication by this government to the social, economic and recreational infrastructure of the Northern Territory. And that is without the commencement of a $ 1.2bn railway. The ChiefMinisters absence from this Chamber today evidences our commitment to the industrial development of the Northern Territory. He is in Canberra meeting with the Prime Minister and the CEOs of Woodside/Shell and Phillips Petroleum in an attempt to ensure that we have the early commencement of the project to bring gas onshore from the Timor Sea. The members of the opposition only need to read the NT News and Centralian Advocate and those other papers and look through the classified advertising section to see the amount of work that is 1257