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Inquiry into Stella Maris : 2014



Inquiry into Stella Maris : 2014


Northern Territory. Department of the Chief Minister. Office of the Deputy Chief Executive


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The online version is unique in that it uses references to a 'time point' extensively in the footnotes in the report. When reading the report online, the reader can click on the footnote and link to the relevant audio recording. This takes the reader to a specific 'time point' within the recording. To listen to the complete audio recording, the reader can click on the relevant link in the bibliography. Cover title.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-95).


The inquiry was established to look into the gifting of the $3 million Stella Maris site in Darwin to Unions NT by the former Labor government has recommended the organisation's claim on the site be immediately relinquished. The Inquiry into Stella Maris report was handed to the Administrator on 26 May 2014 and tabled in the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory on 19 June 2014.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).

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Instrument of appointment -- Schedule -- Acknowledgements -- Executive summary -- Recommendations and findings -- Terms of reference 1-7 -- Bibliography -- Appendixes A-H.; inquiry-into-stella-maris-report.pdf -- stella maris inquiry - commissioner's biography.pdf -- (3) ms leah clifford.mp3 -- (3) ms clare martin.mp3 -- (1) ms delia lawrie.mp3 -- (4) father malcolm fyfe.mp3 -- (2) mr maurice o'riordan.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry-jamey_robertson.pdf -- stella maris inquiry.pdf -- (5) mr richard hancock.mp3 -- (4) mr michael cook.mp3 -- (2) mr david ritchie.mp3 -- (2) mr trevor horman.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry-leslie fern.pdf -- (1) mr alan paton.mp3 -- (2) mr matthew gardiner.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry - diana rickard.pdf -- (6) mr mark smith.mp3 -- (3) rod applegate.mp3 -- planning_action_network_submission.pdf -- (7) reverend keith joseph.mp3 -- (1) mr gerry mccarthy.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry - matthew gardiner.pdf -- appointment_of_comissioner.pdf -- (1) mr mark harris.mp3 -- (3) mr michael wells.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry - garry lourensz.pdf -- stella maris inquiry - rob wesley-smith.pdf -- submission by ms lawrie and mr mccarthy 10.03.2014.pdf -- halfpennys submissio.pdf -- (2) ms malarndirri mccarthy.mp3 -- (1) mr peter shepherd.mp3 -- (3) mr adam lampe.mp3 -- (1) ms elizabeth close.mp3 -- (1) mr gerry mccarthy.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry - terms of reference.pdf -- (5) ms margaret clinch.mp3 -- (3) mr michael wells.mp3 -- (1) opening statement from commissioner john lawler.mp3 -- (1) ms anne tan.mp3 -- (4) mr ted richardson.mp3 -- (1) mr terry lawler.mp3 -- (2) mr don zoellner.mp3 -- (1) mr rob knight.mp3 -- (5) ms jodie ryan.mp3 -- (1) mr wolf loenneker.mp3 -- (3) mr peter shepherd.mp3 -- (2) mr john banks.mp3 -- (6) mr chris hosking.mp3 -- (5) mr david money.mp3 -- stella maris inquiry - dean summers.pdf -- (3) mr ian fraser.mp3 -- (6) mr mark harris.mp3 -- (1) ms leah clifford.mp3 -- (2) ms delia lawrie.mp3 -- (5) ms jackie stanger.mp3 -- (2) mr konstantine vatskalis.mp3 -- (1) mr paul henderson.mp3 -- (1) mr christopher burns.mp3 -- (1) mr john coleman.mp3 -- (4) mr wolf loenneker.mp3 -- supplementary_statement_matthew_gardiner.pdf -- (2) ms angela collard.mp3 -- (1) mr brad mciver.mp3 -- (4) ms julie nicholson.mp3




Public buildings -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Historic buildings -- Northern Territory -- Darwin; Darwin -- Buildings, Structures, Etc; Stella Maris Hostel (Darwin, N.T.)

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Northern Territory Government

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Reports, documents and recording; 166 pages ; 30 cm

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9780646922065; 0646922068


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Northern Territory Government



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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543652 [inquiry-into-stella-maris-report]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543473 [stella maris inquiry - commissioner's biography.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543528 [(3) ms leah clifford.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543615 [(3) ms clare martin.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543625 [(1) ms delia lawrie.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543638 [(4) f]ather malcolm f]yf]e.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543572 [(2) mr maurice o'riordan.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543480 [stella maris inquiry-jamey_robertson.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543467 [stella maris inquiry.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543606 [(5) mr richard hancock.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543604 [(4) mr michael cook.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543538 [(2) mr david ritchie.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543506 [(2) mr trevor horman.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543500 [stella maris inquiry-leslie fern.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543641 [(1) mr alan paton.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543600 [(2) mr matthew gardiner.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543484 [stella maris inquiry - diana rickard.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543519 [(6) mr mark smith.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543575 [(3) rod applegate.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543477 [planning_action_network_submission.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543566 [(7) reverend keith joseph.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543649 [(1) mr gerry mccarthy.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543490 [stella maris inquiry - matthew gardiner.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543471 [appointment_of_comissioner.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543646 [(1) mr mark harris.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543556 [(3) mr michael wells.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543487 [stella maris inquiry - garry lourensz.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543497 [stella maris inquiry - rob wesley-smith.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543482 [submission by ms lawrie and mr mccarthy 10.03.2014.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543479 [halfpennys submission.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543631 [(2) ms malarndirri mccarthy.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543591 [(1) mr peter shepherd.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543603 [(3) mr adam lampe.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543521 [(1) ms elizabeth close.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543619 [(1) mr gerry mccarthy.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543469 [stella maris inquiry - terms of reference.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543515 [(5) ms margaret clinch.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543510 [(3) mr michael wells.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543503 [(1) opening statement from commissioner john lawler.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543569 [(1) ms anne tan.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543513 [(4) mr ted richardson.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543588 [(1) mr terry lawler.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543594 [(2) mr don zoellner.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543597 [(1) mr rob knight.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543581 [(5) ms jodie ryan.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543609 [(1) mr wolf loenneker.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543541 [(3) mr peter shepherd.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543524 [(2) mr john banks.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543562 [(6) mr chris hosking.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543546 [(5) mr david money.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543475 [stella maris inquiry - dean summers.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543634 [(3) mr ian fraser.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543584 [(6) mr mark harris.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543532 [(1) ms leah clifford.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543622 [(2) ms delia lawrie.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543559 [(5) ms jackie stanger.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543612 [(2) mr konstantine vatskalis.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543628 [(1) mr paul henderson.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543643 [(1) mr christopher burns.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543535 [(1) mr john coleman.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543543 [(4) mr wolf] loenneker.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543494 [supplementary_statement_matthew_gardiner.pdf]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543553 [(2) ms angela collard.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543550 [(1) mr brad mciver.mp3]; https://hdl.handle.net/10070/543578 [(4) ms julie nicholson.mp3]

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the Apostleship of the sea committee stopped the Stella Maris operating. Some years earlier, the Apostleship of the sea had leased out the club and either ended their lease or something, as word had it that drugs were found at the club. But this was to the detriment of the Stella Maris as the club was closed permanently. After that, the church and in particular Father Fyffe seemed to have lost interest then in the welfare of both the sea farers and the caretakers. Abruptly one morning, Father Fyffe turned up to announce that everyone had to go. Father Fyffe started threatening both the caretakers and the seafarers and they were all told to remove their belongings. Surprisingly, there was very little protest as everyone was in shock. But Father Fyffe didnt stop and shouted do you know who I am? He was finally put in his place then and told to start acting like a priest instead of a prick. It was a very non Christian day and a sad day for Darwin. ________________________________________________________________________________ Since then, the house was restored incorrectly to some strange era and the club boarded up and grass uncut for long periods. But by 2012 it was fairly common knowledge that Unions NT had been working on a plan for the Stella Maris site. As a Community stakeholder, I looked up the plans online and felt happy that the plans appeared communal and inviting. It was a centre run by Unions NT but appeared to be inviting to other Community organisations. The proposal stated that future grants could be obtained for much of the work if the focus of the site was to provide services to seamen, union members, and community organisations. This sounded like a winner. It is also likely to have deterred other established organisations from formally applying for the site. As an owner of the Stella Maris Communal asset, I thank the Commissioner for his time. Lucinda Watson Stella Maris Inquiry http://www.stellamarisinquiry.nt.gov.au/lucinda_watson.html 2 of 2 23/06/2014 9:19 AM