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Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975



Debates Day 4 - 20 August 1975

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Parliamentary Record 5


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 457 - 498

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DEBATES-Wednesday 20 August 1975 I'm wondering if we are going to get a similar situation as we have in the police service where uniforms are in short supply. I am not completely aware why there should be a decrease in the amount for uniforms and clothing. There has obviously been no thought of implementing any of the recommendatons that were contained in the Meeve Report. I can only hope that, when we get some sort of executive power there may be extra money made available to implement some of the proposals in the report such as a new headquarters for the fire service. Bush fire control has been cut back by $88,000 and this must be a bit inappropriate in view of the situaton regarding bush fires in the Northern Territory. Maybe we will be able to have this decrease reviewed in an attempt to make the situation more realistic. The bus services in Darwin have had an extra $23,000 made available. It is interesting to note that the estimated cost of running the bus service in Darwin is $545,000, with a receipt of$117,000, which means there is a subsidy of $428,000 to run the bus service in Darwin. Looking at those figures purely from a business point of view, it would appear that something needs to be done to make our bus services more viable. That covers the areas that I have some concern with. I would once again like to stress that the road situation in the Northern Territory has not been helped by this year's budget. Everybody says that we have to cut back on various items; however, the roads in the Northern Territory are vital and we cannot afford to cut back any construction of roads because the people who actually construct the roads are not particularly easy to come by in the Northern Territory. We can ill afford to lose industries in this area. Miss ANDREW: I would like to second the remarks made by the members who spoke before me in thanking officers, especially those of the Education Department, for their cooperation in the compilation of facts and figures in the Budget. Mr Hayden suggested last night in his opening remarks that it was a budget of consolidation and restraint to encourage sound and substantial growth. With reference to the Northern Territory, I would like to suggest to Mr Hayden that in order to sustain growth one needs a basis on which to sustain it. In the field of Northern Territory education, we have a history of belonging to somebody else, of being an arm of another body. It is only in the last two years, even 477 though we still suffer controls from Canberra, that any form of independent entity has appeared. We are told from this Budget that, in early 1976, there will be over 1,200 places for children in Darwin schools. This preempts a population growth from its present state to that of 50,000 which is obviously unrealistic. The budget provides for schools, for example, in Nakara, Wag am an, Wanguri and Tiwi over and above those existing. However it fails to provide the necessary finance for staff and facilities in the schools. In looking at the $41hm increase within the Territory in terms of the Department of Education, I think we are very lucky. However, there are certain complaints that I would like to make known to this House. The first is that of recruitment. Advertising received the princely sum of $10,000. That would not provide for advertising for the janitors for the school at Borroloola. I have advocated several times in the last 8 or 9 months that what the Territory Education Department needs is a sound system of recruitment based on public advertising by people competent in that field. We are looking for teachers in isolation, we are looking for a contract system, we are looking for specialist teachers to round off our whole system of education and these simply won't be available because they cannot be attracted. It is all a matter of selling in trying to attract professionals to the Territory. The sooner the Department of Education recognises that we are in 1975, the better off the education system will be. I acknowledge that Mr Beazley has won his case in Cabinet to update salaries in mission schools. I hope that this will have the effect of improving the standard of teaching. We will have to wait 12 months for that. Remote areas in general have fared rather well. I quote from Mr Beazley's speech in which he refers to "a fully equipped media mobile staffed by a teacher-librarian and technical officer to take to isolated schools a wide range of the latest educational materials, a selected professional library and equipment for making and repair and maintenance of audio visual aids". He goes on: "I am delighted to report this and that this first unit will be located in the Tennant Creek area servicing 25 schools in that and the Katherine region. Secondly, further funds are to be made available for teachers of School of the Air in Katherine and now Alice Springs to visit their pupils". Furthermore, extra money will be provided to the mobile school complexes instituted in

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