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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 1 December 1998



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 1 December 1998

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Parliamentary Record 13


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




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QUESTIONS - Tuesday 1 December 1998 Road to Berrimah Road. Now we can build it from Berrimah Road to Tivendale Road, but that would not be of any great benefit, so we may have to complete the whole lot. We will not be able to stage it. The project requires a number of bridges, including a bridge across Berrimah Road. We also talked about building a tunnel. It is no good getting people into the town quickly if you just have bottlenecks within the Darwin CBD itself. I should mention what is happening at the CBD end. Design plans are proceeding for a tunnel under McMinn Street and Frog Hollow, with Tiger Brennan Drive diverting up Bameson Street into the CBD. About $lm will be spent in the current financial year on site clearing and trunk service relocation works. Indeed, site clearing along Bameson Street is already under way. Engineers will look at the issues creatively in terms of how we get from Berrimah Road to the new Palmerston bypass road. Im sure members will be very interested in the progress we make on this very strategic road. It will be the main artery leading between the Darwin CBD and all points south. I will update them early in the new year as to the evaluation and also as regards to funding and our application to the Commonwealth to have this road designated as a road of national significance. Opinion Research - Funding Mrs HICKEY to CHIEF MINISTER Madam Speaker, I seek leave to table a copy of an article from the NT News dated 14 May 1993. Leave granted. Mrs HICKEY: I refer the Chief Minister to the quote from Mr Gary Naim, who was at that time the Country Liberal Party president and is now a federal member of parliament. The article is about speculation the Country Liberal Party had been conducting opinion polling. It was written just 3 weeks after Cowdy and Textors research was completed. The article reads: Mr Naim said the party had not conducted any qualitative polling recently. Will the Chief Minister admit this is further proof that the research on the standing of himself and his colleagues was exclusively paid for by taxpayers? ANSWER What a long bow that is, Madam Speaker, to rely on a report in the NT News of a comment made by the then president of the CLP as proof that taxpayers were paying for party political polls! I cant find any party political polling in what you have tabled this moming. I can find comments on policy issues, I can find comments on individuals - except you, no one knew who you were. There is no voting intention in the material you have put before the parliament. So how can you get up and say that the CLP ... Mrs Hickey: The last page Mr STONE: Well, that is a conclusion that somebody has drawn. Members interjecting. Mr STONE: You can laugh, b u t... Mrs Hickey interjecting. Mr STONE: That is an example of political polling - ALP, CLP percentages. This hasnt got any of that. I hope that those who have an interest in this will take the time to actually read this document which has not been authenticated - thats No 1. No 2 is that it canvasses a range of issues that are properly the domain of government. No 3, it does not demonstrate that there was any percentage party political polling undertaken. If this is the best you can do, you are wasting Question Time. We have important issues that we would like to talk about, including jobs and growth and doing things out there. The one thing that Territorians do say consistently about you lot is that all you ever do is knock and criticise. You never come up with a constructive policy on anything. You are, based on your own research, poorly led and not fit to govern. Members interjecting. Mr STONE: 18-7! Ms Martin: You little arrogant man. Mr STONE: 18-7,18-7,18-7! Ms Martin: It doesnt change your being an arrogant little man. Mr STONE: 18-7,18-7! Members interjecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! 447

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