Questions - 07 December - 21 December 1976
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QUF.s~TONS WITHOUT NarlCE - Thursday 9 December 1976 ANSWER The policies relating to a single housing authority for the Northern Territory have long been established as a policy of the Majority Party in this Assembly. At a number of functions in Darwin, I am aware that the Minister for the Northern Territory has referred to the possibility of a single housing authority. I believe from my own discussions with him that he has accepted that this is one of the policies that ought to be looked at very carefully, particularly in light of the possible earlier termination of the Darwin Reconstruction Commission. I believe that, in the early stages of 1977, it would be appropriate for the Minister and myself to pursue the policies relating to a single housing authority. I do agree with the member for Nightc1iff that any policy at the moment which relates to the sale of government homes should be carefully reviewed in light of the future policies that are to be proposed. I would hope'that the Minister will give me the courtesy of looking at the proposed scheme relating to the sale of government homes. 1698 Mrs LAWRIE to Mr TAMBLING ANSWER My question refers to his Housing Bill which would allow the sale of Northern Territory Housing Commission homes to approved tenants after 5 year's tenancy. Can he advise whether Treasury has yet given him an indication that they support this legislation or require amendments so that it can go through this House today and be brought into operation? As I have indicated to the honourable member on a number of occasions, I am very disappointed at the tardy manner in which officers of the Department of the Northern Territory have processed the details of this particular bill. I have not yet received any advice, confirmation or information of the details of that bill. I have been informed by a senior officer of the Department of the Northern Territory that it is under active consideration, both by senior officers of that department and Treasury. I have no information which will enable me to proceed with the bill today. 1699 Mr WITHNALL to Dr LETTS ANSWER Has the honourable member seen the report that 300 tonnes of kangaroo meat are to be exported to Asian markets as pet meat? Can he say whether such a market could be made available for buffalo, donkey and horse pet meat produced in the Northern Territory, and will he take the matter up with the appropriate Minister? I have not seen the report mentioned by the honourable member for Port Darwin. I am aware that there has been a change in the Australian Government's policy in relation to kangaroo products, including meat; there was a complete ban on these items a couple of years ago. This has now been modified, and in conformity with the state and Commonwealth discusslons and agreements on management methods for kangaroo popu1ations, countries which accept the management and conservation methods which Australia uses are able to negotiate the import of meat. I do.not know which particular market the honourable member is referring to. Mr Withna11: Japan was the one I meant,
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