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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (17 June 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (17 June 1986)


Debates for 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 4th Assembly 1983 - 1987




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DEBATES - Tuesday 17 June 1986 resolution at its next meeting supporting a proposal put to the people of that area by my predecessor, prior to the election of the council; that was, that there would be a fixed rate for a period of 3 years of $105 in the RLI zone and $55 in the RL2 zone. I am certainly looking forward to the passing of that resolution at the council meeting, which I believe is tomorrow night or perhaps tonight. The Community Government Association may provide for bodies other than strict community governments to be members of the association. The Community Government Association will have the opportunity to represent all the views of community governments so the member for Stuart can rest assured on that point. I have undertaken to give increased impetus to the development of community governments but, of course, the acceptance of community government is up to each community. Mr Deputy Speaker, the initiatives that have been taken by my predecessors and members of the department in introducing this new bill are in the best interests of Aboriginal people in small communities within the Northern Territory. The Grants Commission Bill that I will be putting through all stages tomorrow also reflects our intention to act in the best interests of Aboriginal people. In closing, I say once again, as a minister of this Northern Territory government, I for one challenge the opposition to take a positive view for the first time in its existence. We have had to make a great many decisions. Unlike us, the oPPosition has yet to make one, and most people in the Northern Territory would say, 'Thank goodness for that'. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. Mr DALE (Community Development)(by leave): Mr Deputy Speaker. I move that the bill be now read a third time. Mr LEO (Nhulunbuy): Mr Deputy Speaker, as I indicated when I spoke.I had hoped that this bill would pass with a degree of decorum. Unfortunately, in his reply, the minister indicated that there is a perception amongst government members that somehow or other opposition members manipulate their constituencies. I do not know whether the minister knows many Aboriginal people but, quite certainly, I respond to their requirements; they do not respond to mine. I have never taken any view to Aboriginal people which anybody could perceive as negative and if this carping windbag, who calls himself a minister, wants to come here and insult people who represent their constituencies, then he may do so, but not, Mr Deputy Speaker. with my consent. Motion agreed to; bill read a third time. ESSENTIAL GOODS AND SERVICES AMENDMENT BILL (Serial 171) Continued from 11 June 1986. In committee: Bill taken as a whole. Mr B. COLLINS: Mr Chairman, I move amendment 77.1. 42

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