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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 It was pleasing to note that the Department of Education had taken into account the need to upgrade school shelters in my electorate. I believe the former Minister for Education pushed this matter with the department and the government. and I commend him for his efforts. I assure the minister that people in my electorate appreciate that because. as we often hear in this Assembly. education is crucial to the development of young Territorians. Turning to health. I am pleased that the government has decided at last to upgrade psychiatric services in the Northern Territory to the tune of about $1.2m. That is a pleasing tune to hear, Mr Speaker. The opposition has pursued that matter for the 3 years that I have been in the Assembly. I understand that other opposition members took it up with responsible ministers before that time. Also, Alice Springs is to receive a renal dialysis unit during this financial year. This will allow Territorians to be treated in Alice Springs and they will not need to go to Adelaide for that specialist service. It is good to see this indication that at last the Northern Territory government is starting to take into account the interests of Territorians. No indication was given of an allocation for expenditure for the Menzies School of Health Research. However, new laboratories are to be provided in the very near future. I visited the Menzies School of Health Research a couple of weeks ago and Professor John Matthews took me on a guided tour. The institute is doing a fantastic job and it needs all the support it can get from the Northern Territory government for the research it is undertaking. I believe that the school has been trying to have a unit established in Alice Springs for some time. I am disappointed that the Northern Territory government has not allocated any funds in this financial year to enable that to happen because, if the school is to achieve results through its research into diseases that occur in the Territory as a result of climatic factors or whatever, I believe that a unit should be established in Alice Springs. Mr Speaker, I am sure that you would be pleased if that should occur and would see it as a step in the right direction for the Menzies School of Health Research. I turn to my shadow portfolio for conservation. The Treasurer did not mention conservation when he outlined the government's priorities for the 1986-87 budget. This is rather disappointing. We hear this government crying out persistently for funds from the federal government for parks like Kakadu and Uluru. I was disappointed that the Treasurer did not even mention conservation in his budget speech. I hope that the Minister for Conservation will explain to us how, if the Territory is looking forward to controlling areas like Uluru and Kakadu in the very near future on our march to statehood, the Treasurer, who has the responsibility of allocating finance to the departments, forgot those enormous responsibilities that the Northern Territory government should provide for. In relation to the Treasurer's speech, I would like to mention specifically a number of organisations and social clubs in the Top End and Alice Springs, especially those in Darwin and Palme~ston, that have been established over the last few years. In no way do I mean to denigrate the services offered through the Department of Community Development in servicing youth worker programs, -the resource centres in Darwin, the Tracy Village Sports and Social Club, which received a $150 000 grant for the development of an indoor dressage arena, or the equestrian centre in Palmerston and certain other facilities in Tennant Creek. However. I would like to draw attention to the number of Aboriginal organisations within my electorate and throughout the Northern Territory that lack similar facilities. Earlier, we heard the 851

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