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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 As the outstation movement gains momentum and people move to those places, we are expected to follow them with wheelbarrows full of generators and solar bore pumps and so on. The problem is simply this: they are going into areas that have a known history of poor water supply. We cannot reticulate water through the whole of the Northern Territory because it would cost millions of dollars. It is a plain fact that, wherever a community has developed in the world, it has been built where water is available. Water is an essential ingredient for man's survival, and that is a simple fact. In some of these places, there is no water and it is therefore very expensive to supply it and to maintain services related to it. That is why I asked for the name of a drilling contractor 40 000 years ago. These people lived where there was water. What is happening now is: 'Move out, mate, she'll be right. They will come along and drill us a bore. It will be nice here, nice view out over there, bit of a hill and a rock. I will put my house over there and that mob will be out later and put in a bore for us'. Well, in some cases, it just will not happen. It is as simple as that. To turn to a different subject, I would like to talk about a recent census, conducted on 17 March this year. It showed that 25% of the population of Palmers ton is under 9 years of age. In fact, some 15% to 16% is under 4 years of age, which is many times more than the Territory average and the Australian average. Mr Deputy Speaker, it augurs well for the Northern Territory that our population increased by some 3.9% last year, while some places in Australia have reached zero population growth. It shows that people still want to get away from the ravages of the socialist governments in the south and come to the security of the Northern Territory. That is fine and we welcome those people, desperate as they are to escape from the clutches of this tax-grabbing federal Labor government. As I have said to the member for MacDonnell several times, those Labor governments are true socialists who believe everything is free. It is not true. Things must be paid for. People who are prepared to come to the Northern Territory to involve themselves with the development opportunities available here are most welcome. However, the figures indicate that the population in new suburban areas such as Palmerston will be very young indeed. The government has to be aware of that and provide facilities for those young people. It is my intention to ensure that the needs of this young population are catered for, and I shall do all in my power to ensure that the Labor Party does not obtain any controlling influence in the Territory or become the government. It will not happen. As I said, the Leader of the Opposition now has a perfect record of total electoral defeat and that is the message that the people have given to this Northern Territory Labor Party and its members. I believe it will continue that way for some time to come. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise to make a few points in the adjournment debate this evening. Firstly, I suggest that the member for Berrimah rereads what he had to say today, just in case he is concerned that he is attempting to rewrite history. When he starts asking which bores existed 40 000 years ago, he is trivial ising the very harsh existence people had. If he wants to look at what has happened in those areas in terms of economic history, he ought to pause just once in a while and remember that for 150 000 people to live in the Northern Territory these days, provided with a range of government and private sector services, an 80% input from the southern taxpayer is required. 63

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