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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 what basis he made the statement that there would be a 400-room or a 600-room hotel? Mr Speaker, you will understand the relevance of this question in relation to the concern I wish to raise in respect of the university being located there. I want him to explain why he made that statement and why he was unable to consummate that deal. I suspect it was because some fairly massive injections of public money would have been required by the developers. Can he tell us why it all fell through, why we heard nothing more about it and whether it will be resurrected? Mr Speaker, again I am attempting to make this inquiry in a reasonable way. I am trying to get a sensible answer out of the government on this because I have raised it publicly before. Mr Manzie: Why don't you get off the stage, Bob. Mr B. COLLINS: Why don't you layoff for just 10 minutes, Daryl, and stop being a clown. Mr Manzie: Oh dear, look at you. Mr SPEAKER: Order! The Attorney-General will remain silent~ Mr B. COLLINS: Mr Speaker, could the government explain this to me? There may be a lack of funds in respect of establishing that development at Myilly Point but the 1 thing that no one in here would dispute is that it is an absolutely prime piece of real estate for a major hotel development, with the associated potential ,for a marina development adjacent to it in the bay and construction offering seascape views. Because of its location in the city area of Darwin, it is a prime piece of developmental real estate. I raised this publicly and totally failed to get an answer from the government. I said then, and I say it again now, that temporary things have a dreadful habit in government of becoming permanent. I know the nature of the beast of universities; they are the same all around Australia. Once they get a foot in the door, like any other institution, they grow like crazy and their demands on the public purse are absolutely unstoppable. I believe that the permanent establishment of a university on that site would be a gross misuse of that extraordinarily valuable real estate with its potential for tourist development. I hear members opposite agreeing. That is as far as I have managed yet to pump the government into responding to this. I want to know how much it anticipates spending on the so-called temporary university on Myilly Point because there will certainly be immediate demands for associated areas to be used as recreational areas, sporting ovals and so on. I am asking the government to think beyond the end of 1 year and tell us how much it anticipates it will spend on Myilly Point and how much will be involved in shifting the university should we be able to attract the necessary development capital to use that site for the purpose for which it is best suited. That is a totally relevant question to ask on behalf of taxpayers of the Northern Territory. How many times - and they rightly get sick of this - do taxpayers see governments throwaway huge amounts of public money on areas that are later abandoned? A classic example of where the federal government has done this is with the construction of the Darwin Airport terminal. The federal government is not the only criminal in this regard. The activities of all governments and bureaucracies are peppered with this kind of problem. Structures are created that are supposed to be temporary and, 5 years later after a fortune has been spent on expanding them, the original use to which 822