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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 Then he ate some of my fruit and meat and gave me an eerie smile. He said Ill tell you of my story. Think of it what you will. And as his story tumbled out, I felt a weird and eerie chill. He said one hundred years ago, his life had took a turn When hed run right out of tucker and there was nothing he could earn. He was camping by a billabong neath a big old Coolabah So he tried his hand at fishing, but had no luck thus far. So he asked for help from Heaven in a hunger-driven spiel To see him though this touch patch and help him catch a meal For hed always trusted Jesus who had guided him through life As Hed fed him and nurtured him and kept him out of strife. He had barely finished talking to his Lord that fateful day When a jumbuck came to drink as if the Lord had heard him pray. So he grabbed that jolly jumbuck and he filled it in his tucker bag. It was manna from the heavens, and its skin would line his swag. Then the squatter and the troopers that arrived out of the blue To arrest him for a stolen sheep, which you see now isnt true. He heard a message in his head, knew at once from where it came So he sprang into the billabong and left the Lord to clear his name. For one hundred years he drifted through every river, lake and pond in suspended animation, A sort of ghostly vagabond Til he found someone to clear his name and tell his story true, And as I tried to take in what hed said he said, Now I found you. You must write to every paper now throughout this country wide. My innocence you must proclaim for the Lord has been my guide. And if you fail, then you will sentence me forever more to a waterlogged existence, Which I tell you, I abhor. I turned around to look at him, a question on my lip, But the bloomin' bloke had vanished, he had given me the slip. And immediately a splash was heard and a waterspout arose in the river where I had found him And I admit I froze. Now, Mr Editor, this tale seems rather tall, but I urge you to print it as a story, print it all. The swagman left it up to me, and now it is up to you. Let us clear his name right now, because these facts I swear are true. That was written by Jeff Cook from Minlaton in South Australia. Mr GUNNER (Fannie Bay): Madam Deputy Speaker, last night, I was shocked to see the member for Fong Lim stand in this Chamber and say the Territory flag is the CLP logo, it is theirs, no one else can use it, they own it. I completely disagree. Most Territorians would completely disagree. The Territory flag is a great flag, a beautiful flag. It is a flag for all Territorians, the best in Australia, one of the best in the world. I was quite shocked by the arrogance of the member for Fong Lim in claiming the Territory flag as the CLP flag. It is not often I can say this: I am one of the youngest members in the Chamber, born in Alice, and I have lived in the Territory most of my life. The Territory flag was first flown after I was born - 1 July 1978 - I was two and a bit years old. I do not remember it, I am sure it was a great day. It was designed by Robert Ingpen as a part of a competition. It was designed for all Territorians Mr Giles: They pinched our logo. You should have been at the Araluen by-election Mr GUNNER: it was not designed for the CLP. And the CLP has form on this. I am not sure if the member for Braitling was here back in Mr Giles: The member for Dalys sign does not say Labor anywhere Madam DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Member for Braitling! Mr GUNNER: I am not sure if the member for Braitling was here in 2004, he may not remember this, but the former Chief Minister, Shane Stone, said: Let us claim back the flag. The former member for Greatorex said: Get your own flag, this is ours. It is a little rich I think: Get your own flag, this is ours. This is a flag for all Territorians. It is not a flag for the CLP alone. 6546

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