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Debates Day 4 - Friday 23 June 2006

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Title

Debates Day 4 - Friday 23 June 2006

Other title

Parliamentary Record 8

Collection

Debates for 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; 10th Assembly 2005 - 2008; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT

Date

2006-06-23

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

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https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/278140

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/423067

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DEBATES Friday 23 June 2006 2645 Independent. I do not think they have ground for complaint on that one. Mr Acting Chairman, the member for Blain reflected on the process and he stated he understands full well the oppositions responsibilities - and he does. It became very clear as the process went through that he is an old hand at these as well and he understands the process. He knows the complexities of it and he got in there and worked hard to extract the information he did. But I could not help thinking that, while he is being very articulate about the efforts and the trials and tribulations of what it is to be an opposition member, his contribution was still loaded with cynicism. You did a good job and you should pat yourself on the back. Your team should go out and have a beer or chardonnay tonight. I know you are coming more over our way of thinking on a lot of things. You did well, but the estimates are not about the government hiding and saying this is all about us getting re-elected. The ministers are out there up-front with their operational lines so you can get in there and interrogate it. It is a fabulous opportunity and you should not waste it. The member for Blain mentioned dorothy dix questions wasting time. There was none. Let me put it on the record now that we have a position on the Estimates Committee of not wanting to take up precious time. I commend the core members of the Estimates Committee and all those members of the backbench who were participating for their discipline in not throwing in dorothy dixers, and for lack of interjections. If you go through the transcripts you will find very few interjections from our team of government members the whole time. If there was any time wasting it was not with government members. Everyone else is getting thanked around here but, the work the government backbench did and the discipline they exhibited was fantastic. In finishing, everyone else has had a bit of a sing song and there is one that came to mind about all this. I will not sing it either but it will stay in everyones ear Always look on the bright side of life. With that, thanks everyone for a fantastic estimates hearing. I enjoyed it and I am sure the ministers did. I am sure all the public servants did, and they are not all little blighters. They are paid professionals who enjoyed the whole thing. Mr ACTING CHAIRMAN: The question is that the proposed expenditure be agreed to and that the resolutions or expressions of opinion as agreed to by the committees in relation to the proposed expenditure or outputs with reference to the Appropriation Bill 2006-07 all the activities, performance, practices and financial management of the Power and Water Corporation with reference to its Statement of Corporate Intent for 2006-07 be noted. Motion agreed to. Remainder of the bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to. Bill reported; report adopted. Mr STIRLING (Treasurer): Madam Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a third time. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. TREASURY LEGISLATION AND CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 52) Continued from 4 May 2006. Mr MILLS (Blain): Madam Speaker, I cannot imagine that anyone would be expecting me to argue that this be blocked or opposed, and urge honourable members to please support me in highlighting the deficiencies of the bill. I will not be going down that path, so I acknowledge the journey that we have travelled, the necessity of having this legislation dealt with at this sitting, so that we can all go home. However, there is one aspect of this bill that it is the duty of opposition to draw attention to, and there will probably remain a philosophical difference between members of the Country Liberal Party and members of government on this point: the benefits that the first home owner concession receives will be eroded through the passage of this legislation. It can be explained, and it is a reasonable explanation in terms of making sense. However, it makes sense in this context: whilst it is an arguable and logical premise that where there is the opportunity to either keep money with a first home owner and allow them to utilise it and maintain the existing benefit that there is for a first home owner who wants to pay out the equity that they have in their home with the HomeNorth scheme. If they want to pay that out, then that removes the effectiveness of the concession. There is an opportunity either to seize upon that in the interests of equity and to take it into Treasury and collect the stamp duty, or to leave it with the first home owner and allow them to use it in their own way, and to flow it into the economy through their own means. It is that point: here is an opportunity for Treasury to take it, and to argue why it should be taken, or to allow it to remain with the home owner, because the intent of this is to


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