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Questions Day 6 - Thursday 15 May 2014



Questions Day 6 - Thursday 15 May 2014

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QUESTIONS Thursday 15 May 2014 741 Budget 2014-15 contains a range of great projects to benefit those in the bush. The government is investing over $73m in the Territory with funding for the delivery of electricity, water, and sewerage services to 72 remote Indigenous communities. I was surprised and disappointed to hear the comments from the members opposite, saying we are doing nothing for the bush. This is simply untrue. Even a quick glance at the budget overview on page two shows there is over $17m for essential services infrastructure alone. This includes Maningrida, where $3m has been allocated for an election promise to upgrade the sewerage system in the community. This upgrade will improve public health outcomes by reducing the risk of public contact with sewerage effluent, particularly from the sewage overflow into the sea, but it does not stop there. This might interest the member for Arnhem, the community of Angurugu will benefit from almost $7m allocated to stage one works for the replacement of the asbestos-riddled sewer mains. Member for Nhulunbuy, the community of Yirrkala will benefit from $1m allocated for the replacement of a ground level water storage tank, providing Yirrkala with a secure water supply into the future. This government has listened to the bush and is working hard to provide infrastructure to benefit the lives of those who need it most. An amount of $1.6m has been allocated to replace the elevated water storage tank to provide Numbulwar, member for Arnhem, with a secure water supply by removing the risk of storage failure. At Galiwinku, member for Nhulunbuy, the Northern Territory government is working with the Commonwealth to provide almost $5m to upgrade essential services infrastructure. This includes a sewerage system that will allow the growth of the community, which is desperately waiting for the upgrade. This upgrade will support the overdue development of childcare, health and multipurpose facilities in the community. We have listened, we are delivering; we have a plan. Ms WALKER: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113. I would like to hear the ministers comments on $8m ripped out of Children and Families for our most vulnerable Territorians. Madam SPEAKER: Member for Nhulunbuy, that is a misuse of standing orders. You are on a warning. Minister, you have the call. Mrs PRICE: Madam Speaker, these works prove the Giles government is working hard for the bush, and I look forward to delivering real outcomes. Call for Inquiry into CLP Ms LEE to CHIEF MINISTER You are the chair of the Cabinet which appointed Peter Maley as a magistrate. You are aware that on Saturday 23 February 2014 he called me and offered me an inducement. He stated that I would have my own cheque book. Further, there was also an implied threat that if I left the CLP I would no longer be protected. Shortly after that I was called by the Attorney-General, who also tried to stop me leaving the CLP and repeated that I would no longer be protected if I left. I seek leave to table all the relevant documents ... Leave denied. Ms LEE: Chief Minister, will you now act to stand these two men aside pending a full, independent investigation? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Arnhem for her question. No, not at all; I do not know what you are talking about. I do not know that Peter Maley called you, and if he did, how am I to know what he spoke to you about? That is ridiculous. I will not be doing that. Power and Water Treasurers Action Mr BARRETT to TREASURER Yesterday in the House the Treasurer said he would be taking action on a rise in network charges recommended for Power and Water by the Utilities Commission. Can the Treasurer tell my constituents what that action is? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Blain for his question. I know he is vitally interested in what is going on with Power and Water. He has been at every briefing session and has quickly made himself aware of what is going on. I have issued two directions to the Power and Water Corporation in the last few weeks or so and, in accordance with the rules, I table both of those directions. The first one is a direction about the $80 credit for the system black, where we have credited everybody who lost service with an $80 credit. The second is in direct relation to the Network Price Determination the member for Blain alluded to.