Questions Day 3 - Thursday 8 May 2014
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QUESTIONS Thursday 8 May 2014 709 them. I continue to respect all people on the bench because I understand this is a small community. All sorts of assertions can be made in a small community about contact between people, because people are friends. Mr Maley is a personal friend of mine and for that reason I removed myself from his selection process in the way that I did. Nevertheless, he remains a personal friend. That is the nature of a small community. We are unembarrassed about making appointments to the bench of people who are eminently qualified to take up those positions. What members opposite naturally suggest through this process is that if you have a link with any political party or association in any group, you should not be appointed. You should be penalised for being part of Mr GUNNER: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113: relevance. The AttorneyGeneral has not explained how handing out howto-vote cards makes him independent of all sources of power. That happened after the appointment. Madam SPEAKER: That is not a point of order. Mr ELFERINK: In your hand is a guide, not law. What I am saying is that Mr Tollner: What about John Reeves? Mr ELFERINK: That is a good point. John Reeves, a former minister under a Labor government, sits on the Federal Court of Australia. As far as we are concerned, this is a small community, and as a consequence we are satisfied. I am sure Mr Maley is fully aware of the rule in Ebner and would disqualify accordingly. Madam SPEAKER: Minister, your time has expired. Affordable Homes in Central Australia Mr HIGGINS to MINISTER for HOUSING The Country Liberals government is increasing the supply of affordable housing for all Territorians, including those living in Central Australia. Can you please explain to the House how this government is looking after families in Central Australia and ensuring they can purchase their dream homes? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Barkly for his question - I beg your pardon - I wish the member for Barkly would ask a question on Central Australia, we are yet to see that. I thank the member for Daly for his question because it focuses on policy and an important part of this governments agenda. It is about growing the Northern Territory and investing in Central Australia. Unlike Labor, we are not neglecting Central Australia. There was 11 years of neglect by the previous government, and we know it all too well, especially those of us who were there during the 11 long years of Labor government. What is deeply disturbing, if 11 long years of Labor neglect of Central Australia was not enough, is that the architect of neglect is now the shadow minister for Central Australia, of which I am Mr Vowles: Are you providing more housing or selling it off? Mr CONLAN: I have not seen her in Central Australia for a long time. I am not sure of the last time you were there, but it goes to the heart of your attitude to Central Australia. I thank the member for Daly for his very good and interesting question about what is happening in Central Australia, particularly in the Housing portfolio. I will talk about Elliott Street and the John Gorey Apartments Mr McCarthy: Did you get my letter about Anzac oval? Madam SPEAKER: Member for Barkly! Mr CONLAN: You do not care about Central Australia, member for Barkly. You were dumped from the Central Australia portfolio. It was handed to the architect of 11 years of neglect, the member for Karama, and yet she has failed to stand up and ask a question about Central Australia. I will proudly talk about Central Australia because of what this government is doing, especially in the area of Housing. Let us talk about John Gorey Apartments. On Saturday, a ballot was held for approved homebuyers to purchase one of 10 newly furbished John Gorey Apartments on Elliott Street, in the fantastic electorate of Braitling in Central Australia. These apartments are priced in the affordable range of $250 000 to $265 000. It is a fantastic opportunity for families and Alice Springs residents to break into the property market. We now have seven fully approved applicants and one pending for the Elliott Street homebuyer ballot. These applications follow two successful free information sessions about the redeveloped apartments in February, which were attended by around 60 people.
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