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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 2010

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Parliamentary Record 15


Debates for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 2010 The electorate office was lucky to have Dawn for nearly two years. She came in one day a week, was invaluable to the office, and she loved working in our office. Dawn brought a full life of experiences and knowledge to our lives. In her younger days, Dawn was an air hostess and travelled far and wide. Her love of travel saw her and Neville trip around Europe last year for three months. She loved visiting new places, meeting new people and finding great little coffee shops or exotic shoe shops tucked away in arcades or alleyways. She would always bring back gifts for us; I always got something with a chicken on it, surprisingly. She and Neville lived in Indonesia for a while when the boys were younger and she always amazed us with the stories of social events she would organise for the group of Australian and European workers there. If there was no reason for a party or celebration, Dawn would find one. Dawn was very good at sewing, and she often did repair jobs or dressmaking for her friends. I remember our first Christmas party together; she made a wonderfully bright, red dress to wear to Christmas lunch. I will be reminded of her sewing skills each time I go camping. The girls in the office got together and bought me a swag for my 60th, and Dawn found fantastic material with a chook pattern all over it and made sheets and a pillowcase for the swag. The rubber snake she put in it still surprises me. Dawns sense of occasion and caring was greatly appreciated in the office; she always ensured visitors had a cup of tea and a biscuit. For the past two years, it was Dawn who decorated the office at Christmas, transforming it into an attraction for youngsters in the electorate. They would sit at the window and watch the train go around the tree, the flashing lights, and all the other Christmas colour and fun. Kim and Michelle will be drawing straws to see who gets the job of putting up the tree this year. For the past two years, my office has run an AFL footy tipping competition, and Dawn won last year by quite a lot. We think her son, Bradley, had a fair bit to do with the team selections. Dawn worked in the office up to the day she, sadly, went into hospital. She was so annoyed she had to leave work early and was letting us down - this was far from the truth - Dawns dedication and loyalty was never questioned. Dawns devotion to her family was evident in the stories and news she would share with us. Whilst we only knew her for a relatively short time, we feel we have known her for a lifetime. Our lives have been enriched by Dawns friendship, and we will always remember her with fondness and a smile. May she rest in peace. Mr ELFERINK (Port Darwin): Madam Deputy Speaker, I also extend my sympathies to Dawns family and to Gerry and the crew from the Nelson office. It is never good to lose someone near to you. All power to Gerry. I am sorry for your loss. Getting back to the more mundane issues of our existence, I will talk about a running sore which exists in my electorate. It is a running sore which should be bulldozed tomorrow if there were not quite a number of decent people living in it. I refer to the Tomaris Court units. Recently, I had cause to visit the Tomaris Court units. Whilst I appreciate the minister has written to me and advised me they are going to knock down the old ablution blocks and communal laundries, those laundries have simply become toilets. The habit currently is to relieve yourself - to put it colloquially, do your number two - and then use the corner of the wall to wipe your bottom. This means any person walking through those laundry blocks has the stench of human faeces to deal with. There have been serious assaults. This is not the first time I have raised this set of units with government, and I will continue to raise this set of units with government as long as government continues its appalling management of them. A resident recently handed me a couple of sheets of paper; they are intriguing sheets of paper because they are called Disruptive Tenancy Incident Diaries. Clearly, this is something dished out by the department to tenants who complain. I am not going to table this document because there is identifying material on it and the tenants do not want to be identified. So, I hope no one asks me to table this document. I will make a personal note on it now to ensure I am protected - so done. It is interesting; this particular tenant signed this in February 2010. She was given this piece of paper about 10 days prior. On 21 January 2010, at 2 am in the morning until 9.30 am in the morning, there was domestic violence and bad language at Unit 22, 106 Tomaris Court. What impact did this have on you and your family? The impact was a sleepless night. I am sick, and it is affecting my studies and my health. She did not contact police because they had been contacted before and had told her not to ring back, according to this sheet of paper. On 29 January 2010, for one hour, there was domestic violence, again from Unit 22, 6542