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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 November 1999

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Parliamentary Record 20


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 November 1999 faxed the ministers office seeking a briefing on this proposal. I have asked that public consultation occur before any decision on this matter is made. So far I have received absolutely no response from the minister. So I ask him to consider these points before he acts any further and at least allow a community meeting where he, if he wants, or one of his officers can come and explain the proposal to people who live in Narrows Road and see if the proposal has their agreement. It is very possible this proposal will have their agreement but at least have a reasonable level of consultation before that happens. Again, this is a very difficult intersection, Narrows Road/Bagot Road intersection, and there have been many proposals put up over the last few years. When you talk to residents who have been around a long time, they have seen considerable suggestions over many more years, 10 to 15 years. It needs to be sorted out with traffic going faster on Bagot Road. It does create problems with the growth in the Narrows area. Again we are going to have a greater usage at that intersection. I welcome the ministers suggestions but can I have some response please in the next few weeks so I can organise a meeting before Christmas and maybe, if there is residents agreement, we can see some action on this dangerous intersection before the tum of the millennium. Mr STIRLING (Nhulunbuy): Mr Deputy Speaker, on 21 October 1999 in Question Time in answer to a question from the back bench, Chief Minister said and I quote: With regard to Cleanthous & Deo, a Darwin accounting firm, I will probably receive a letter from them along similar lines to the one that I received from De Castro & Sullivan. I am surprised that no representation had been received by the Chief Minister to date given that Mr Deo compiled a pile of documents for the member for Port Darwin to table in this Assembly on his behalf the night before. Now, the Chief Ministers been silent on this issue since he told us of his expectation to receive such representation from Cleanthous & Deo. He entered this debate in the first place to stand up, and rightly so, for De Castro & Sullivan, another Darwin accounting firm, but he further indicated that in expecting to receive a letter from Cleanthous & Deo, he would also stand up in this House for them, and Im still waiting. I think I will be waiting for a long time. I have received a letter from Mr Sullivan of De Castro & Sullivan dated 18 October 1999, and I quote: We re in receipt o f your letter enclosing a transcript o f your adjournment speech from Hansard We note the corrective action taken by you over the matter that was o f concern to us. We do recognise that when members o f the Legislative Assembly have to perform their duties, such as your important exposure o f Cleanthous & Deo, that this sort o f situation might occur from time to time. We thank you for attending to this matter in an admirable way. Yours faithfully Andy Sullivan. Now, its a pity that the Chief Minister did not check with Mr Sullivan before he answered the question put to him by the member for MacDonnell, on 21 October, some 3 days after Mr Sullivans letter to me. It seems that Mr Sullivan, who the Chief Minister was claiming to defend, was quite happy with my correction of the public record; he describes it as having been done in an admirable way. He also says that my exposure of Cleanthous & Deo was important and that this sort of situation may occur from time to time. The Chief Minister accused me of not checking the facts with Mr Sullivan before my original adjournment. Had the Chief Minister followed his own gratuitous advice and checked Mr Sullivans satisfaction rating with my response, he would have saved himself considerable embarrassment on this issue. The Chief Minister has been exposed. He had absolutely no interest in Mr Sullivans concerns. He saw only an opportunity to score cheap political points against me. If he was genuinely concerned with De Castro & Sullivan, he would have phoned them. The Chief Minister is further exposed for his lack of interest in the real issue. He has shown no concern and no interest that an Aboriginal community organisation was ripped off by Darwin accounting firm, Cleanthous & Deo. That is theft from the poorest people in this country. Mr Speaker, the Chief Minister is a sham. Time is on my side. I will wait for him to get up and apologise for his attack on my correction of the public record, which was seen as admirable by Mr Sullivan, and I will wait and wait for him to get up in this parliament and defend the actions of Cleanthous & Deo.

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