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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 27 November 2002

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Parliamentary Record 9


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 November 2002 judges said on the night, most of the decisions were very close indeed. It was very pleasing to see so many people from the industry there. As a person from Alice Springs, I was delighted to see that the Centre took out about 15 of the 22 awards. So hear, hear for Alice Springs. I was also pleased to see the minister and the former minister, the member for Wanguri, in attendance. A brave move, I would have thought for the member for Wanguri, but he was there anyway. I note with some interest that the Brolga Awards this year were cut by this government by the sum of $16 000. The former minister called the Alice Springs Town Councils contribution miserly which did not impress any of the alderman, I can assure you, and which probably explains why there was only one representative from the Alice Springs Town Council at the Brolga Awards on that occasion. In any event, apart from that incredibly disappointing aspect, I thank the minister for his report and join with him in congratulating everyone involved. Dr BURNS (Tourism): Madam Speaker, on the night I acknowledged the fact - and I was proud to acknowledge the fact - that the Northern Territory government is the major cash sponsor of the Brolga Awards. My information was that the Territory government kicked in about $85 000 for the awards. I know that there was some argy-bargy about that. My information is that the government is keen for the Brolga Awards to get some cash support outside of government. The night was a success. Lets not knock it. It was an important night. Members inteijecting. Dr BURNS: No, lets not knock it. There was a magician with a great act. He pulled all sorts of things out of a hat. I hope to do the same as the tourism minister with a bit of hard work. Madam SPEAKER: Your time has expired, minister. Ministerial Reports noted pursuant to sessional order. MOTION Environment and Sustainable Development Committee - Appointment Dr BURNS (Environment): Madam Speaker, I believe we are taking these motions separately which is the establishment of the committee and then the terms of reference. I am pleased to be moving the re-establishment of the sessional committee for environmental issues but I would like to ... Madam SPEAKER: Minister, would you like to move your motion first? Dr BURNS: Do I have to read the whole thing? Madam SPEAKER: Yes, you do, to put it on the Parliamentary Record. Dr BURNS: I am sorry, Madam Speaker. I went through it yesterday but I am pleased to go through it again. Madam Speaker, I move That, during the present session of the Assembly 1. a sessional committee to be known as the Environment and Sustainable Development Committee be appointed; 2. unless otherwise ordered, the membership of the committee comprise three members to be nominated by the Chief Minister, two members to be nominated by the Leader of the Opposition and one Independent member and that the committee shall elect a government member as chair; 3. the committee shall be empowered, unless otherwise ordered, to inquire into and from time to time report upon and make recommendations on matters referred to it by the relevant minister or resolution of the Legislative Assembly on any matter concerned with: (a) the environment or how the quality of the environment might be protected or improved; and (b) the sustainable development of the Northern Territory. 4. the committee be empowered to send for persons, papers and records; to sit in public or in private session, notwithstanding any adjournment of the Assembly, to adjourn from place to place and have leave to report from time to time its proceedings and the evidence taken, and make such interim recommendations as it may deem fit; and to publish information pertaining to its activities from time to time; 3038