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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (15 March 1983)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (15 March 1983)


Debates for 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 3rd Assembly 1980 - 1983




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THIRD ASSEMBLY - SECOND SESSION 15 March 1983 On Thursday 25 November 1982, the Assembly adjourned. The Assembly was prorogued by His Honour the Administrator under the provisions of the Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act on 1 December 1982 until 15 March 1983. The Assembly met at 2 pm pursuant to the notice of prorogation and appointment made by His Honour the Administrator. Mr Speaker MacFarlane took the Chair. The Clerk read the notice of prorogation. Mr SPEAKER: Honourable members, I am informed that it is His Honour the Administrator's pleasure to attend in this Chamber forthwith to make a statement concerning his declaration of the causes for calling the Assembly together. His Honour the Administrator took the Chair with the Speaker on his right hand. ADDRESS BY HIS HONOUR THE ADMINISTRATOR The ADMINISTRATOR: Mr Speaker, honourable members, I have called you together at this time for the dispatch of business and to outline the balance of my government's legislative program as we move towards the end of the fifth year of a self-governing Northern Territory. In what is a testing time for the economies of most countries of the world, my government looks with confidence to maintaining the objectives of social, economic and political growth that have characterised the last 4~ years in the Northern Territory. Much has been achieved. There is scope for a great deal more. The commitment by the Australian government to complete the rail link between Alice Springs and Darwin by 1988 will enable my government to formulate plans allowing Territorians to capitalise to the greatest possible extent on the largest current railway construction project in the world. Not only will the $550m railway project give additional impetus to economic growth, it will considerably enhance the social amenities of the Territory. That aspect of the Territory - the past lack of services that most Australians take for granted - has been a brake on growth, and has caused disruption to family life and settlement. In this context, my government will strive to strengthen the Territory's present educational structure by continuing forceful representations to the Australian government for funding to establish a fully-fledged Territory university. Housing will continue to be a major priority of my government. With planned and committed capital works projects amounting to $4500m, continued rapid population growth can be anticipated and will have to be catered for. As well as expending considerable funds for both home construction and home loans to assist all Territorians, my government wishes in particular to assist women to obtain the goal of home ownership more readily. It is recognised that, whilst women are,.in theory, on the same footing as men in relation to both Housing 1