Parliamentary record : Part I debates (19 August 1981)
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DEBATES - Wednesday 19 August 1981 is always the difficulty of balancing enough information to satisfy members without boring them to tears. I can assure members that there are enough details on this subject to keep the Assembly sitting for a week if members are happy for me to stand and read them out to them. That is really why the show-and-tells have been organised. I would reject the suggestion that the show-and-tells were an afterthought for the members of the Assembly. In fact, the reason that the Assembly will not be first to attend a show-and-tell is that other organisations rang up to say they were extremely keen to attend the first show-and-tell. After the first one, members may attend and ask whatever questions they like. We will give as much information as is physically possible. The Leader of the Opposition touched on costs and the very desperate need to proceed. He referred to the elasticity of the costs that are bandied around from time to time. It is fair to say that we are looking at $lm a megawatt for the size of the station. If members want to reflect on how much we are spending and in what time frame, that is a reasonably fair cost assumption to base their considerations on. Members also commented on the environmental impact statement. As I am sure everybody would appreciate, the environmental impact statement has yet to be prepared in detail. That is a major task to be carried out in the final review of the selected site. Everybody in the community will have an opportunity to comment on the environmental impact statement. The Leader of the Opposition also commented on spare capacity and I think his innuendo was that further delay would put the people of Darwin into a precarious position so far as continued supply is concerned. I would reject that suggestion on the basis that we have a program, a critical path and a time frame within which we are working. Any time the member would like to come to my office, it is up on the wall and he can stand there and read it to his heart's content. There is no secret about it. All government agencies have functions to carry out in relation to achieving this end and those functions are demonstrated on the bar chart. We are on schedule with the critical path that we have outlined. I do not think there is any need for people to be concerned that power will be in short supply in Darwin at any time in the future. I say that with the knowledge that what has been proposed as a time frame is possible so far as the technical people are concerned. It is certainly our objective and, unless the sky falls in or some unforeseen catastrophe arises that prevents us from meeting the schedule, we will have all the power Darwin needs in the period that is left available to us. Mr Speaker, could I say to members and to yourself that the government's objective in these exercises is to keep the Assembly briefed as fully as possible on information relating to the new power-station. If members have other questions they would like answered outside sitting times, I would be grateful if they would bring their questions forward and we will deal with them at that time. Motion agreed to. MOTION Broadcasting of Proceedings to Office of Co-ordinator General Mr EVERINGHAM (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I move that this Assembly authorise the broadcasting of its proceedings to the office of the Co-ordinator General on the same conditions as set down in resolutions of the former Assembly relating to broadcasting to other government offices. 1280
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