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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 announced major commitments which have been broken by the federal government. These commitments were not only in the interests of the Northern Territory, but also in the interests of the nation. They would help to get us out of the economic demise that has been caused by the ridiculously poor decisions of the socialist government in Canberra. If we could just get half a go, one tiny bit of encouragement, we would not only provide great amenities and facilities and hundreds of jobs for Territorians and their children, we would help this country to get itself off its knees. That is what we need: more outgoing, free enterprise, productive policies from the federal government, instead of the inward-looking socialistic attitudes we have seen time and time again. Members opposite will have plenty of opportunity in the next day or 2, to try and to counter the challenge put to them by the member for Fannie Bay. I look forward with interest to hearing their arguments. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Koolpinyah): Mr Deputy Speaker, at the start of my contribution to this adjournment debate, I would like to comment on what I consider a gross omission from the guest list at our official opening this morning. I noted that the guest list included important people from both the public and the private sectors. There was, however, one gross omission which became apparent to me when I saw Darwin's Deputy Lord Mayor, the Mayor of Palmerston, and the Mayor of Katherine among the guests. I did not see the President of Litchfield Shire. I was told at lunch time yesterday that he did not receive an invitation. I would hope that this oversight does not take place on future occasions. As far as the city of Darwin is concerned, the Litchfield Shire may seem a long way out. However, having regard to the fact that the Litchfield Shire starts from MacMillans Road, which is a wee bit closer to Darwin than Katherine or Palmerston, I would like to see the omission rectified at the next official function of the Legislative Assembly. I would like to comment this afternoon on some interesting irregularities in the supply of electricity to the rural area. It has actually gone past the stage of being interesting, and has become dangerous in some cases. As the member for MacDonnell says, it is definitely shocking. Reports have reached me from all outer parts of my electorate, from the Coastal Plains Research Station, from the Bees Creek area, from the 19-mile area, from the Livingstone Road area, from the Elizabeth Valley Road area, from Humpty 000, from McMinns Lagoon, Gulnare Road and the vicinity of Hughes Airstrip. Most of these places are on the outskirts of my electorate. However, that does not mean they should have a lower standard of electricity supply than people living closer to town or in town. Most people, especially in the rural area, are pretty tolerant. They have become accustomed to interruptions to the electricity supply, despite assurances from NTEC a couple of years ago that we would not have these outages. I have previously mentioned how galling it is to see Palmerston lit up like a Christmas tree while the rural area does not have any power. That is what used to happen. The present level of outages in the rural area is definitely not normal. I do not know whether you would call it abnormal or subnormal but it is verging on the surreal and, to the people who have been the victims of it, it is not unlike phenomena which might occur in outer space. For example, people see large, bright orange glows under the powerlines. They see blue flashes around the poles, accompanied by bangs. They also see definite arcing between the ground and the electrical wiring. Computer use in the Humpty 000 High School has been interrupted and motors have stopped. Telephones are ringing, and when people go to answer them there 56

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