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Questions Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003



Questions Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003

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QUESTIONS - Thursday 19 June 2003 Welcome Home Parade - Iraq Conflict Veterans Mr KIELY to CHIEF MINISTER As a young fellow, I was a serving soldier at the end of the Vietnam War. In fact, I had two brothers serve in Vietnam. I am well aware of the meaning and symbolism behind a welcome home parade. I and my fellow Australians are pleased to see the safe return home of our much loved troops. Can the Chief Minister please advise the House what our government is doing to welcome home our troops from Iraq to Katherine? ANSWER Madam Speaker, a good question, and I thank the member for Sanderson for sharing some of his history with us. I am proud to share with the House that the government is funding a welcome home parade this Sunday, 22 June, in Katherine. That is going to be done in conjunction with the Katherine Town Council and RAAF Base Tindal. It is to welcome home members of our Armed Forces who served in the Gulf. I am delighted to be able to give details of the welcome home parade, in the presence today of the Mayor of Katherine, Mr Jim Forscutt. Welcome. Members: Hear, hear! Ms MARTIN: Marching in the parade will be 200 members of RAAF Base Tindal and 322 Combat Support Wing. They made a great contribution to the Australian deployment of forces in the Middle East. I express my gratitude and, I believe, of all those in the House and all Territorians, that all of these troops who served in the Iraq theatre of operations have returned home safely to their families and communities. I know, for those families and community whom I spoke to in Katherine, there certainly was a lot of anxiety about the safety of their fathers, husbands and family members who served in the Middle East. The parade starts at 3.30 pm on Katherine Terrace, proceeding through Katherine and concluding with a flyover of four F/A-18s at 4 pm. All personnel from RAAF Base Tindal are then to be joined by their families and friends, and the community of Katherine, at a public function. That will be held outside the council chambers. There will be live entertainment, childrens activities and food stalls. I invite all Territorians who are able this weekend to join us at this welcome home celebration to give thanks for the safe return of our troops. I look forward to joining the Mayor at that welcome home parade on Sunday. Safety of Remote Area Nurses Mr DUNHAM to MINISTER for HEALTH and COMMUNITY SERVICES I have today received a copy of a comprehensive report relating to numerous, serious assaults on health staff in the East Amhem region. Minister, are you aware of this report? If not, do you at least recognise that this is a serious issue posing danger to your staff, which requires immediate urgent attention? ANSWER I would ask that the member table the report, Madam Speaker. Leave granted. Mrs AAGAARD: Madam Speaker, I am unable to say whether I have seen the report until I actually have it in front of me. Mr Dunham: You would remember it if you had seen it. It is not easily forgotten. Mrs AAGAARD: Madam Speaker, I have repeatedly said in this House that, in fact, violence is a very serious matter. I said that in my last answer as well. I can say that, overall, the incidence of violence towards staff in my department has decreased over the last year. While no level of violence is acceptable, the fact that it has actually decreased over the past year is a positive thing. In relation to this report, until I actually see it, I am unable to make any comments about it. Territory Discoveries - Plans for Expansion Ms LAWRIE to MINISTER for TOURISM Territory Discoveries plays a key role as a wholesaler of Territory tourism product, particularly for small and medium operators. Are there any plans for an expansion of the Territory Discoveries program? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for her question. Territory Discoveries is the wholesaling arm of the governments business. It does stand independently, but it is very much supported by government. I know there have been question marks put over Territory Discoveries in the past, and basically there has also been a Treasury-initiated review into Territory Discoveries. It is very important, in this time of pressure on 665