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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 October 1983)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 October 1983)


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 October 1983 prime residential land in Katherine. The government has decided to move the Department of Transport and Works' plant, public works and supply depots to a new site in the Katherine industrial area. The relocation will take place over an 18-month period at an estimated total cost of about $1.5m. Mr Speaker, the member for Millner said that, in respect of water supplies and in relation to my remarks in an adjournment debate last sittings, we were softening up the electorate for increased water charges. That is his interpretation but I doubt if he would be believed out there in the real world. He also spoke about the small increase in capital works. I understand that my colleague has something further to say on this matter. H~ did say that there had been a concentration on small jobs. I say to him that various meetings have been held with contractors throughout the Northern Territory in respect of roadworks contracts to be let in the small centres. The letting of small contracts has been in accord with the wishes of those small contractors, particularly in the Katherine and Tennant Creek areas. That is not to say that other major contracts are not ready to be released very shortly. In relation to the Darwin bus service and the figure of $50 000,1 do not have the relevant information in front of me now but I will obtain it and respond to him at a later hour. Mr Speaker, the member for MacDonnell raised the question of the Stuart Highway alignment through Alice Springs and said that he feared that the first lights for Alice Springs may be contained in this proposal. As far as I am aware, there is no proposal for lights. It may be that there is pressure from the residents of Alice Springs to have lights installed at some intersection on that project. It may be that he would be facing public pressure for the installation of lights. He referred to the road from Indracowra to Horseshoe Bend. I will certainly provide information on this when it comes to hand. He also raised with me the question of flooding in Emily Hills. I believe that I owe him a response on that matter. I am satisfied that the budget does what it sets out to do. It provides as much employment as it is able to within the limited amounts allocated to various project' areas. Even though Territorians are hit harder than other Australians by the federal impost on fuel and other goods, at least with this budget Terri torians will make the best of it. I am sure that it should be commended to everyone here. Mrs O'NEIL (Fannie Bay): Mr Speaker, it has been said many times in budget debates in this Assembly, and bears repeating now, that such debates are insufficient without the proper examination of public accounts - as enjoyed by other parliaments for the benefit of the citizens they represent - by public accounts committees or public expenditure committees. It has also, been said many times in similar debates in this Assembly that the amount of information available to honourable members through the so-called explanatory documents decreases year by year. I am interested to note in the document covering the Department of Community Development, to which I wish to refer in this debate, that the number of pages this year is 54 compared with 76 last year; which indicates a considerable decrease in the amount of information available to members who are trying to reach an understanding of how the money is to be spent. Similar decreases are evident in the explanatory documents for other departments. I shall refer to at least one of them later. 1122

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