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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 Mr EDE: Mr Speaker, if you will give me an extension of time, I will continue to talk. I ask the minister to give us an assurance, before he goes on this trip with his great entourage, that he actually will be able to get into the meeting to present his case. He has been making great play about what he is doing, but it all seems to be play to his New Right colleagues. Mr McCARTHY (Conservation): Mr Speaker, we have heard some very emotive and ill-informed outpourings from the opposition here today. The object of this motion ii to transmit a clear message to Canberra that World Heritage listing of Kakadu stage 2 is not on as far as the Territory is concerned. Even that small, boisterous group over there that goes by the name of Her Majesty's opposition must acknowledge that the Prime Minister's sudden turnabout on Kakadu is totally transparent. Mr Smith: Is that your speech? Mr McCARTHY: Absolutely my speech. Mr Smith: It is not what he has in front of him. Mr McCARTHY: You have done well. Are they willing to allow themselves to be dragged into the embarrassing charade that saw its first act played out in Kakadu last week or are they going to stand up and show some intestinal fortitude against their Canberra masters on this most critical issue? I suspect that, once again, they will refuse to take up the challenge and, by so doing, will reconfirm that they are opposed not only to the interests of Territorians but of all Australians. It is an appropriate day for all members in this Assembly, particularly those on the opposition benches, to remember a phrase that helped bring a federal government to power in 1972. The government of which I speak is, of course, the Whitlam government and the words to which I refer are: 'It's time'. That phrase symbolises the 1972 federal election. Members of the Labor Party would do well to dwell on that phrase when considering how they will vote on the motion before them today because, honourable members, it is time. It is time for all Territorians, including the opposition, to stand up and be counted. If they are unwilling to stand up and be counted, they will be damned in the eyes of the people of the Northern Territory. The choice confronting them is a fundamental one": are they for the Territory and Australia and therefore opposed to the listing of Kakadu National Park stage 2 with the World Heritage body or are they for a minority group of self-indulgent, self-important, moralistic rowdies, living in a world of fantasy in the suburbs of the southern cities? Those are the people who support such a listing. The choice is simple. Those of us who are capable of clear thinking know that Kakadu National Park stage 2 and the Gimbat and Goodparla pastoral leases can accommodate mUltiple land use. Those of us not affected by the sight of our Prime Minister, his Napoleonic visage scanning the grandeur of a small portion of Kakadu National Park for the benefit of a gaggle of southern media representatives, realise the giant area that is Kakadu can successfully accommodate conservation, tourism and mining. , Federal Mines and Energy Minister, Senator Gareth Evans, has said so of late in speeches and in letters. His case for multiple use of all national 772

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