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Debates Day 3 - 02 January 1975



Debates Day 3 - 02 January 1975

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Parliamentary Record 1


Northern Territory. Department of the Legislative Assembly


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




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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



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DEBATES-Thursday 2 January 1975 provided. I would <like to table these two documents, my signal to the Prime Minister and the message I received from the Minister for the Northern Territory. I have had no other details about the nature and functions of this commission except an indication that it is intended to hold a meeting of the interim commission as soon as 'possible, p1'Oibiably early next week, and :there is some urgency about making an appointment fromnhe Assembly to the interim commission so that this can take place. MOTION Legislative Assembly Representative on Interim Reconstruction Commission Mr EVERINGHAM Cby leave): I mOVe that the Legislative Assembly 'appoint las its represen~ative on the Reconstruction Commission the honourable Majority Leader. It is appropriate that ,1Jhe Majority Leader be the representative on tihe commission. After all, he is the leader of the largest and most representaJtive group in the Assembly. I understand that Sir Leslie Thiess will be calling the first meeting next Monday and therefore It is necessary and urgerif that our representative be appointed forthwith so that he can commence immediate liaison with Sir Leslie Thiess and other members of :the commission. Mrs LAWRIE: I support the motion. ALthough the Majority Leader is not at the moment r'esident in Darwin, he has been a Darwin resident for a long time. I want to eXipress my concern that more Darwin people are not to be represented on this commission. Even with $500m or $5,OOOm, Wte do not want the city rebuilt for us by other people. DM"Win has to rehabilita,te itself and its citizens must have a say in how they want it rehabiJiitated;Of course we will all gratefully accept the tremendous amount of money and effol't which will have to be suppHed from the Australian Government and from other sources. However, it is the citizens of Darwin who have to live in ,this place, Whatever is built, and it is the citizens who need to have the strongest say right at1Jhe outset. We don't want the concept of a mining 'town built ,by a company and then the people move in. This is Oull' city and 31 we must have a strong voice regardless of the money coming from other sources. I express my disappointment that only 2 Darwin residents have a say, one being the Majority Leader and the other being a representativleof the Corporation of th~ City of Darwin. Mr WITHNALL: il accept the motion without reservations but I have fears that this commission, dominated as it undoubtedly will be by persons who are not resident in this town, is likely not to represent the views of the people and not ,to satisfy the natural ambitions and desires of the people of Darwin to make {his town their own town. It must not be some sort of experiment to hold up -to other people in the world as a shining example of what organisation can do. It is trite to say that a man's house is his castle, but it is pretty miserable if your house is going to be somebody else's castle; and this is what I am afraid of. If this commission has its way, I would not be surprised to find that individual taste in design will be superseded by one of the more mass designs of houses born in the fertile mind of some person Who has never lived in a tropical climate but who has his mind fixed entirely upon building a house which will resist cyclones in the future. This morning, I heam about an architect in the Depal'tment of Works making a statement that ithere is no reason why houses could not be buHt on piers providing they 'are strapped and bolted to the superstructure. Thene is a house in Darwin which was so designed and the net result was that it took off witih the piers as well. !It is true that a number of piers are standing but it is 'Only beoause the walls above them were not firmly secured. This is ,excellent example of the sort of planning thatt may come !from people Who do not have an understanding of what happened during the cyclone. My principal concern is tihat individual tas'te must be pentnitted to exist in the design and building of houses in this city. Jot will not and must not be a construction based entirely on somebody's fertile imagination as to what people in the Northern Territory ought to like. I want to emphasise that right at the start. I think that tIiere

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