Parliamentary record : Part I debates (11 November 1986)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 11 November 1986 closest to the action become responsible for their own destinies and have the opportunity of making those decisions for themselves. We hear from the opposition benches that yet another consultant is about to trapeze into this social playground to rescue its colleagues who are in danger of being put out of a job. These are the lawyers, the white advisers and the whole industry which has sprung up to ensure that Aboriginal people live in poverty and degradation which has been generated by themselves and the various Commonwealth government bureaucracies. We have come up with many innovative ideas in this year's budget. As I said, it is a budget for hard times. It has not been easy to reduce the public service by up to 300 positions already. It was a hard decision to make but it has been done in the interest of jobs: short-term decisions for long-term goals. The visionaries on the other side fall over their bootlaces because they cannot see that far in front of them. We will demonstrate as we move into the latter half of this year that the government's economic strategy is working. We have been able to fulfil almost every election promise that we have made. I think there are 2 to go. One of them is to ensure that the Northern Territory ALP never has any more than the 6 seats that it has now. I am sure that will be easily realised as long as members opposite continue to display the mentality that they displayed in debates in this Assembly today. Mr Speaker, in conclusion, I thank all officers of the Northern Territory Treasury for their hard work and dedication in putting together this budget. I ,thank all executive officers and departmental heads who have implemented this budget and my colleagues, the ministers responsible for various departments. I ask the member for Stuart, as the lone ranger ofF Troop, to take the message to his colleagues that, if they want informed, constructive debate on Thursday during the committee stage, they should submit questions to the ministers tomorrow. I make that offer on behalf of all my colleagues who will be only too willing to answer any of their questions. I hope that they will take advantage of that offer. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. Committee stage to be taken later. ADJOURNMENT Mr HANRAHAN (Leader of Government Business): Mr Speaker, I move that the Assembly do now adjourn. Mr POOLE (Araluen): Mr Speaker, I rise tonight to record the passing of Edward James Lester Stiles of Rapid Creek who died on 24 September. Ted, as he was known to his family and friends, was a local identity, the type of man that this Territory was founded by. Ted left behind his daughters, Wendy Farrell of Alice Springs, Camille Fogarty of Timber Creek, Elaine Simpson of Cairns and Melody Turnbull of Gympie and his son, Steven Stiles, of Darwin. Ted was born in Perth in 1909. He was a foundation member of Wesley' College in Perth. He was a long distance swimmer of some repute in the 1920s and 1930s and won many trophies. He married Lena Woods, who was also a swimmer, and then worked on the Western Australian goldfields. He and his wife swam in a relay race in Kalgoorlie many years ago against the Japanese team when the butterfly stroke was first introduced into Australia. Ted and his wife travelled along the old coast road from Perth to Adelaide where he picked up a paying passenger, a Mr Lang, and then headed on his long trek north to the Northern Territory in 1936. 877
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