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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012

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Title

Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012

Other title

Parliamentary Record 1

Collection

Debates for 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 12th Assembly 2012 - 2016

Date

2012-10-30

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Hansard Office

Place of publication

Darwin

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application/pdf

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

http://hdl.handle.net/10070/268378

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/438461

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DEBATES Tuesday 30 October 2012 270 TABLED PAPER Auditor-Generals October 2012 Report Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Honourable members, I table the Auditor-Generals October 2012 Report to the Assembly. MOTION Print Paper Auditor-Generals October 2012 Report Mr ELFERINK (Leader of Government Business): Mr Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the Chief Minister, I move that the report be printed. Motion agreed to. MOTION Note Paper Auditor-Generals October 2012 Report Mr ELFERINK (Leader of Government Business): Mr Deputy Speaker, on behalf of the Chief Minister, I move that the Assembly take note of the report and that the Chief Minister has leave to continue his remarks at a later hour. Leave granted; debate adjourned. ADJOURNMENT Mr ELFERINK (Leader of Government Business): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. Today I deal with a very important issue. I am glad, in hindsight, of the way I dealt with this issue the other day, because it deals with the allegations the Leader of the Opposition levelled at the member for Daly. Whilst those allegations were not tabled - and I am now grateful they were not tabled - it has, in the intervening days, provided us, on this side of the House, with an opportunity to look into the nature of these allegations. I pause briefly to redescribe to the House the nature of the person who was described by the Leader of the Opposition as being a victim - and an Aboriginal victim at that. It has given us an opportunity to do some homework. I am going to table several statements in the course of this adjournment debate. During my tabling of these statements, I will point out something very important. Unlike the Leader of the Opposition, the people in the statements and documents will be identified - and they are happy to be identified through this process. The first item I table is a photocopy of a statement by Preston Higgins, the member for Dalys son. It deals with the nature of a person who was at many of the polling booths during the campaign. I seek leave to table that document. Leave granted. We on this side believe we have identified the person who the Leader of the Opposition was referring to. In deference to keeping that person anonymous, we have blocked out the name. So, the blocked out text you will see is the name of the person who was speaking to the Leader of the Opposition. In this statement, it becomes very clear, very quickly, that there is a predisposition of conduct of that person, which raises some questions as to the motives of that person and, perhaps, the motives or the reasons she - if this is the person we think it is - approached the Leader of the Opposition. The second statement is from a person by the name of Benjamin Porter-Hardy who was assisting the member for Daly during the campaign. During the campaign, Mr PorterHardy, who was a backpacker, was also exposed to this person and saw how this person was conducting herself. Amongst other things, he described the person as being abusive and somebody who was belligerent by nature also engaging in what seemed to be racially-motivated comments. I seek leave to table that statement. Leave granted. Mr ELFERINK: Madam Speaker, the third statement is from a fellow by the name of Bartley Travis Johnson who was assisting the member for Daly. Mr Johnson was working for the member for Daly during the campaign. In the statement, he quotes the person whom we believe is the person who has been speaking to the Leader of the Opposition, and the very language that the Leader of the Opposition says this person found so offensive, according to Mr Johnson, is language this person used as part of her own vocabulary. I seek leave to table a statutory declaration in relation to that matter. Leave granted. Mr ELFERINK: I go on to table the statement of Samuel Higgins, also a son of the member for Daly who was assisting his father during this campaign period. Mr Higgins makes observations about the conduct of this person - whose name again has been obliterated on this photocopy for the purposes of protecting her identity - and quotes some pretty unpleasant language not only directed towards the member for Daly, the CLP candidate for Daly at the time, but also towards Mr Bill Risk of the First Nations Party. Once again, it


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