Debates Day 3 - Thursday 1 May 2003
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DEBATES - Thursday 1 May 2003 have said the cost of the parliament was $125 000, which was indicated. To expect me to sit there at my desk - for how long? How long do you want me to sit there at my desk and wait for a call from the member for Katherine? From memory, it was a Cabinet day, so I was waiting to go into Cabinet. I took the call to go to radio, and then I had to go to Cabinet. The member for Katherine bleats and complains in typical fashion from this opposition which has not quite grasped the role of an opposition yet. You can actually ask for briefings. There is a deficit briefings being sought by this opposition. We had the unseemly sight o f the Leader of the Opposition talking to important counter-terrorism legislation saying: I do not know the answer to this question, and I hope that the minister answers it, but he never came for a briefing. We had to write to the member for Goyder and ask him to come. We had to contact him, and really persuade him to come for a briefing. The Minister for Justice and Attorney-General was totally frustrated by trying to get you for a briefing ... Members inteijecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! All the other speakers have had a fair chance to speak in silence. Order, please. Mr Ah Kit inteijecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order, member for Amhem! Ms MARTIN: So, we have the opposition not taking the briefings that they should about important legislation before this parliament. As an example of that, the Leader of the Opposition, who should be setting the example, did not even take the opportunity for a briefing and stood in here, a man who should be embarrassed when he said: I do not know the answer to this, I hope the minister can answer it. But he has not taken the opportunity for a briefing. As well, underpinning why the Speaker expressed her frustration about the behaviour of the opposition in this sittings, we have seen over the last 21 months 320-odd questions asked in this parliament, 22 of which were about Alice Springs. As I understand it, not one of those was about crime! All of a sudden, you have discovered Alice Springs and Central Australia, and you have discovered crime. What hypocrisy! It was good to have this sittings here in Alice Springs to expose your hypocrisy and the poor performance of your local members to the Central Australian community. You are a disappointment to the running of this parliament. You do not attend briefings, you make rhetoric instead of real action, and then you turn around and criticise the Speaker which really underpins the fact that you do not have respect for this parliament and parliamentary processes. However, this is the adjournment debate, and I have issues to tackle that are important issues, recognising the work done in Central Australia and excellence that has happened in Central Australia - which happens, may I say, very often. I would like to draw attention to yet another area of excellence in the arts in Alice Springs. In my ministerial statement on Tuesday, I was very happy to spend time talking about the arts and the enormous contribution Central Australians make to our artistic endeavors. Central Australia and Alice Springs has an extraordinary number of talented artists who continue to represent the region with distinction and honour. On 6 April, the Music and Film Independent Artists held their 2003 MAFIA Documentary Awards at the Valhalla Cinema in Glebe in Sydney. MAFIA is a non-profit Australian arts cooperative established in 2001 with a mission to help independent artists create, collaborate and demonstrate their art. The inaugural award was held in 2002. The judging panel for the 2003 awards included distinguished arts and practitioners in films and documentary making. The films submitted had to be produced on a digital format and were run for less than 8 minutes. Finalists were selected for their originality, coherence and innovation. Eight finalists were selected for the awards. Alice Springs-based filmmaker and director David Vadiveloo was awarded Best Film for Bush Bikes. This is a story about a group of inventive Central Australian children making their way to a waterhole for a swim. The win is a considerable coup for a Northern Territory independent documentary filmmaker, as it was the overall national first prize as judged by respected peers in an open competition. I would like to pay tribute to David Vadiveloos outstanding success in being awarded Best Film. Central Australia has proved itself a fertile ground for creativity and excellence in the arts and, on behalf of this parliament, congratulations. I would also like to share an experience I enjoyed a couple of weeks ago, on 5 April, at the presentation dinner for the Young Achievers Awards at the launch of National Youth Week. All the finalists and winners were outstanding, and I am sure the judges 4001
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