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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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pages 30 - 50

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Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



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DEBATES-Thursday 2 January ,1975 mind mentioning a few names here; I don't think there will be any confliot. I would also like to mention the private medical practitioners, nursing staff, DCA and all the service clubs of Alice Springs which incidentally, comprise 2 Rotary, 2 Apex, a Lions club, a Jaycees club and a Quota club. I think it would be true to say that it would be difficult to find any able-bodied person in Alice who did not give of his best in this disastrous time. I am proud to represent the electorate of Gillen as I 3!ll1 sU['e you, Mr Speaker, are proud to represent the electovate of Alice Springs. Mr TUXWORTH: I would like to take this opportunity to inform the Assembly of the performance of my constituents during the evacuation of Darwin. Unfortunately T was not ,ruble to participate las heavily as I would have liked to; much of what was done I had to stand and watch. I am particularly proud of the effort in regard ,to finance; we raised $7,000 in 'oash donations ,and the unions have done a rematkruhle job by giving a guarantee of one day's wage from every man on the mines which will amount to $18,000. This will ba paid into the disaster funds at ,the next Peko pa'y. Service organisations in Tennruni Creek were well worthy of comment: the CWA worked tirelessly and gave their hall and provisions, St John's Ambulance, plus the mines and Apex club and, last but not least the 3 churches in the town, the United ChUTch, the Church of England and the Catholic Church. All members of these bodies gave endlessly of themselves and of their resources 'and I feel that they did the town proud. During the first cycloneevacuation w.e fed 7,000 people, we put 1,000 to bed, and we spent about $10,000 a day keeping the people of Darwin moving down the track. !J: don't ,hesitate to say that we would do it again tomorrow if the need arose. Mr POLLOCK: I would like to support the remarks of the honourable member for Gillen on the efforts of the people of Alice Springs and ,those ,along the track generally. Unfortunately the member for Elsey is not able to be here today but I am sure that he cou1d speak equaHy of the people at Katherine, alJ!d also the people of Adelaide 47 River,Pine Creek, or lanywhere along the track and through the Territory generally. Their efforts have been terrific and they have been widely appreciated by the people travelling south. Many of the evacuees have talked about 1Jhe efforts of our own police force. Mention has been ma:de here of the efforts of other police Iforces; their efforts are lappreciated but not so much as our local police force. So many people of our community Me proud of the Northern Territory Police Force. There are people who wiU c'ast 'aspersions from time to time on various aspects of their WOM. I know; il: worked with them for 8f yeU['s myself so I am in a reasonable position to comment on this aspect. So many of the criticisms lare quite off beam and in this instance, in seeing the work that was done in Alice Springs and hearing of the work that was done in other places, one can only say that they have done a remarkable job along with the other organi&ations like the fire brigade and the prison guards and so forrh. Their efforts should not be overlooked and I hope they will be suita:bly rewarded. Motion agreed to. ADJOURNMENT DEBATE Mr STEELE: I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. I would like to speak on a few items that are of great concern to the people of Darwin. One of the things that 'Wol'ries me is the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Darwin city ,and the suburbs and I would Iike to emphasise here today that the business 'community ought to !l'ebutld the city of Darwin. If we do not look after the Ibusiness community, a lot of them will be forced into liquidation. There is also probate and death duty in respect of people killed in the disruster. I would like to see the Commonwealth government abolish these sorts of death duties and any other iniquitous taxes. iln an effort to restore business confidence and to provide encouragement to people to go about their business and get the show back on the road, I would like to see the Commonwealth do 'Something about removing taxation,'first of ,all oompany ta"ation, for people in the DaTWin larea for

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