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Parliamentary record : Part III minutes (25 May - 02 June 1983)



Parliamentary record : Part III minutes (25 May - 02 June 1983)


Minutes of Proceedings for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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MINUTES OF PROCEEDINGS - Wednesday 1 June 1983 5. SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS - ALLOW MOTION TO BE MOVED AND DEBATED: Mr Robertson (Attorney-General) moved - That so much of standing orders be suspended as would prevent the motion of Mr Smith, notice of which has been given this day, being moved and debated forthwith. The motion having been supported by an absolute majority of the Assembly, Mr Speaker declared the question resolved in the affirmative. 6. RO-RO FACILITY, FORT HILL WHARF - MOTION CALLING FOR INQUIRY: Mr Smith (Millner) moved - That this Assembly resolves that a Board of Inquiry be appointed under section 4A of the Inquiries Act to inquire into and report to the Administrator on the operation and development of the Port of Darwin, with particular reference to (a) the design and construction of the Fort Hill wharf; the circumstances in which the original design was varied; and the ways in which those variations affected the structure and capacities of the wharf; (b) whether those variations have led to the bringing forward, in time and priorities, of the proposed extension to the wharf; and whether those variations will lead to additional costs in the construction of the proposed extension; (c) the financial and contractual arrangements for the construction and installation of the roll-on roll-off facility; whether these followed normal commercial practice; whether they were in the best interests of the Northern Territory; whether they led to additional costs to the Northern Territory government; whether they caused delays in the completion of the contract; (d) the financial and contractual arrangements for the construction and installation of the proposed container crane; whether they follow normal commercial practice; whether they are in the best interests of the Northern Territory; (e) the use of consultants by or on behalf of the Northern Territory Port Authority or the Department of Transport and Works, in any aspect of the development of the wharf, its proposed extension, the roll-on roll-off facility and the proposed container crane; the costs involved therein; and any circumstances in which consultants were used where their advice might not have been objective since it required evaluation of their previous involvement; and (f) how the present operations and development of the port are administered; and whether and in what ways these should be altered to best serve future operations and development. Debate ensued. Question - That the motion be agreed to - put. The Assembly divided (the Speaker, Hon. J.L.S. MacFarlane, in the Chair) AYES, 7 Mr Bell Mr B. Collins Miss D'Rozario Mrs Lawrie Mr Leo Mrs O'Neil Mr Smith And so it was negatived. 7. FURTHER NOTICE: NOES, 11 Mr D.W. Collins Mr 'Dondas Mr Everingham Mr Harris Mr MacFarlane Mrs Padgham-Purich Mr Perron Mr Robertson Mr Steele Mr Tuxworth Mr Vale The following further notice was given, by leave: Mr Tuxworth: To move - That this Assembly, pursuant to section 4A of the 506

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