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Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976



Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976

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Parliamentary record 16


Questions for 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977; Parliamentary Record; ParliamentNT; 1st Assembly 1974 - 1977




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QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE - Wednesday 8 December 1976 ANSWER No. 1682 Mr MANUELL to Mr TAMBLING ANSWER I preface my question by saying tha~ I understand that, following the cyclone in Darwin, the Department of the Northern Territory undertook the purchase of a number of trail caravans from within the Nor.., thern Territory and without. I suspect that the bulk of the caravans may have been supplied by suppliers outside the Territory. In view of the number of purchases made and the apparent need now to dispose of some of these caravans, is it the policy of the Department of the Northern Territory to dispose of these caravans by auction within the Northern Territory alone, even though the suppliers of caravans within the Northern Territory did not participate in the original sale? If so, is it their intention to continue to do so, thereby jeopardising the economic viability of the caravan, dealers within the Northern Territory? The honourable member for Alice Springs was apparently inattentive when I was answering a former question in which I supplied the information that I was not aware of any policies of the Department of the Northern Territory at this stage and nor had the Darwin Reconstruction Commission, at this stage, even considered any .recommendations. 1683 Mr BALLANTYNE to Miss ANDREW ANSWER Has she received an answer from the Minister for the Northern Territory regarding the recent submission by the East Arnhem Teachers Federation asking for approval for the single' teachers to use Commonwealth houses in Nhulunbuy on a rental basis in the light of the inadequate single accommodation as supplied for the long-term residents at the Commonwealth Hostel in Nhulunbuy? I have only had acknowledgement of receipt of my representation. 1684 Mr DONDAS to Mr POLLOCK ANSWER Is it true that both juvenile detention centres are short staffed and, if so, has the Executive Member made representation to the Minister for Social Welfare to have the situation rectified? The situation is that there are no juvenile detention centres in Darwin or anywhere in the Northern Territory at the moment. All juveniles who are required to be held in detention are unfortunately being held in gaols. There are some homes, they are not detention centres necessarily, they are homes for children who may be made wards of the department or the director. It is acknowledged that there is some staff shortage, but there is generally in the whole social development branch an extreme staff shortage as a result of the staff ceiling situation. With the opening in February or March next year of the juvenile detention centre in Alice Springs, this situation is going to be further aggravated. Appropriate representations are being made.