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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 19 October 2016

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Parliamentary Record 1


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 65 to 124


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DEBATES Wednesday 19 October 2016 122 There are four pastoral properties in that area, one owned by the Brunei people. I will visit them. I have picked up, in the south of my electorate, the Acacia Larrakia community at the end of Byers Road, which few people know about. It is home, at its peak, to about 50 people, including many of the old Darwin families, such as the Fejos. I went there a couple of times and found it to be a really nice, quiet little hamlet. They had a prepolling booth there, used by 10 people. In the lead-up to the election there was a lot of talk about people being unhappy with how things were going. There were perhaps four main issues that came out in all conversations. One was planning. I will not go into the full details, but there is a huge amount of angst and raw anger at how the previous government went about making planning decisions, whether it was the subregional plan, Planning Commission consultations or the lack thereof, or decisions by the minister. It has created huge upset in our community. The metering of bores was another issue. That will be discussed later. Water generallywater security, water management, ground water and the future of the water supply in the Top End of the Northern Territory is of huge concern to all of us, as it should be. Education and rural schools was another issue. Some are very old. Humpty Doo Primary School is over 35 years old. The Member for Nelsons school, Howard Springs, is very old. I was very pleased to hear in the Administrators Address on behalf of the government that the new Labor government will upgrade all schools. That is good news. Humpty Doo, Howard Springs and Taminmin need upgrades. Middle Point probably needs a little upgrade in some shape or form. The other issue I was asked about constantly was my view on fracking. Without a doubt that was one of the top questions. I was honest and said to every person that I personally do not have an issue; however, if you have an issue, then that is my issue. Then we would talk it through. Many people thought I should or should not take a stand, but I explained my background and what I know and understand. I pointed out some of the failings of industry and the regulators. There is a lot more we could do in that space. I want to put on the record my thanks to many people who helped in running as an Independent. As other Independents would know, past and present, it can be a bit difficult. I was pleasantly surprised at the number of people who offered to help with folding things and putting up signs. That was very encouraging. One lovely fellow came inI was not thereand gave Trish, my Electorate Officer, $50. He said, This is to help in your campaign, but if you re-join the CLP I want my $50 back. I kept it in the envelope and rang him last week. His name is Bob; I will not give his surname. I said, Thank your for the $50. I put it to good use; I think at some bottle shop somewhere. I had a lovely chat with him and explained things. I was very appreciative. That is what he wanted to give to support me in running as an Independent, which I was really thankful for. I thank my mother for having me, which is really useful, and my father, because I think he had some role in it as well, although he has passed away. My mother has always been a good support. Even when she was ringing me between 7 am and 7.30 am every morning, when I was tired, she still had some advice to give me, which is good. My family, one and allmy sisters Plaxy, Thisbe and Melissa, and my niece Briony, who came to town to especially with her partner, Anthony, to help me. To my close familyVinnie, Zorro and LisaI could not have done this without you and the support you gave me, and all the meals you cooked for me. To the many constituents who helped meput up signs on their properties, up trees and all those sorts of things. Not with nailsbinder twine, Member for Nelson. I heard the gasp of horror. I do not know what happens in the urban areas but in the rural area peoples signs are watched very carefully. Did you nail them? Did you use binder twine? Did you use cable ties? We used a combination of cable ties and bailing twine because you can just cut it and put it in the bin later. When you take your signs down they are good for target practice. I thank the constituents and friends who helped me: Di Spicer; Anna Durbridge; Wes Fields; Felicity Middleton; Ian McDonald; Di Tynan; Barb Backers; Jenny Crumbeck; Beverly Ratihi, who was my guiding light in this campaign and a manager who helps me with my moral compassI would like to do this. I do not think so, Member for Goyder; you are not doing thatCarolyn and Glen Lynchtremendous support. Carolyn is my EOA. Karen Duminski and her daughter, Emily, helped out; Ray Tandy helped with manly boy tasks like putting up signs on trees which we could not reach or were not strong enough to put up Charlie Ryan; and Chris Nathaniel.

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