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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 So when you hear implicit in what the opposition is saying that we should litigate, that we should test, we should be back in the courts for 20 to 30 years, they are out by themselves. They are not supported by their colleagues in Canberra. I doubt whether you could find one party of government, or party in opposition in this country which would support them. They are the dinosaurs and sadly in this debate they have shown just how irrelevant they are. I am proud of the fact that we have found a solution to what could have been a very difficult problem for the Territory. I think we have found a solution that is inclusive, that will see jobs develop in the Territory, that will see enterprises develop in the Territory and will really give a significant boost to our tourism industry while recognising, most properly, indigenous culture and indigenous rights to land. As Chief Minister, and I know that I speak for every member of this government, we are very proud of that. Motion agreed to; statement noted. ADJOURNMENT Ms MARTIN (Chief Minister): Madam Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. Madam Speaker, I have a few issues to talk about tonight and one of them is the St John Ambulance annual parade which was held on 26 October. I attended the annual parade for the NT branch of St John Ambulance and it was a privilege to be present at an event that celebrates the selfless service that so many people give to our Territory community. It is a familiar part of many Territory events to have people who are readily identifiable in their smart black and white uniforms, who provide a very professional and personal service to those people in need of urgent medical attention. A lasting impression of the evening was that there were up to 200 people on parade in full uniform. There was a wide range of people involved from the very young who were engaged in school-based units right through to those people who, in retirement, are still active in their contribution to our community by their active St John Service. I would like to thank Mr Andrew Hodges, the Commissioner for St John, and pay a personal tribute to the following people who are recognised for their contribution: Certificates of appreciation were given to Glen Denmeade, John Carman, Shane Burry, Linda Fazldeen, Liz Talbot, Doug Smith and Vanessa Curtiss. Commissioners Commendation went to Bryon May and Kate Aiming. Volunteer of the Year, the adult was Frank Dunstan and the cadet was Susan Rosenzweig. Ambulance Employees Australia Cadet Award went to Ross Jacobson. Grand Priors badge was awarded to Kathryn Ainsworth. Showing how enduring the commitment to St John is: the 12 year medal went to Glen Denmeade, Bruce Jones and Bruce Wilde; the 17 year service bar went to Simon Spillet and Des Thornton; and the 22 year service bar to Ros Jones. The Division of the Year in the adult area was Humpty Doo and the cadet area was Alice Springs. I must say the commitment given by people right across the Territory to St John is most impressive, the many hours they put in and the selfless and enthusiastic way that they do it. This Labor government recognises the important contribution of mining to the Territory economy. I was delighted to present certificates of appreciation and life memberships at the Minerals Council dinner on 14 November. Certificates of appreciation for support of the Mineral Councils work program were presented to Woodside Energy, Sally Horsnell from GHD Services and two of our public servants in DBIRD, Tony McGill and Bob Adams for their excellent work with Minerals Council. Certificates for support of the Minerals Council education program were presented to Alcan Gove. It was good to meet their new CEO in Australia, Richard Yank, tonight. Certificates of support went to AngloGold Exploration. The best part of the night was the life memberships, recognising those who had put in many years. There was Lance Martin, Alan Wright, who was for years at GEMCO and worked after he left GEMCO ... Mr Henderson: A constituent of mine. Ms MARTIN: A constituent of the member for Wanguri. Lance could not be there, but Alan was certainly delighted to receive that life membership. Then a blast from the past received a life membership - Grant Watt. Grant came back from 3105