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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 Victoria and New South Wales. The Territory government is not just moving to provide new schools and upgrade existing .. Mr Bell: You dance to the tune of the National Party, Joh's tune. Mr MANZIE: How about that? The only response we get from the single member of the Australian Labor Party still in the Assembly is not a derisive comment about his federal Labor colleagues who are cutting back on funding to Aboriginal education. It is some spurious mention of a man in another place. Mr Bell: He seems to have his eyes on this one though. Mr MANZIE: Great stuff, isn't it! Mr Speaker, we are also looking at increasing the number of Aboriginal teachers and principals in Aboriginal schools. It is planned to expand the Remote Area Teacher Education program and to establish an annexe of Batchelor College in Alice Springs next year. I would like to point out that these plans are based on a firm commitment for funding from the federal Minister for Education and advice from the National Aboriginal Education Committee. I am concerned at recent news that the allocation of this funding has suddenly become bogged down in the NAC which does not meet again until 9 December. I am afraid that that it is typical of the federal Labor government's attitude to the Territory. Even if the federal minister honours her commitment, we are faced with an extremely difficult task of recruiting staff in time for the 1987 start. I hope all honourable members are now aware of the high priority that the Territory government has given to education. I believe that this year's financial program, coupled with judicious use of departmental resources, will enable us to make considerable progress in our aim of providing the best possible education to all Territorians. Mr Speaker, before I close, I would like to comment briefly on some matters that the member for Arafura raised regarding Kormilda College. Members are aware that the publicity regarding the steps that were being taken at Kormilda were brought out prematurely by a question from the member for MacDonnell, who had obviously had some information provided to him. It meant that the subject had to be brought into the open before the appropriate people were informed. In response to the.member for Arafura's allegation that we were continuing on with the Kormilda management plan with the Presbyterians until after they collapsed, I would like to point out that we were waiting for a detailed submission from the Presbyterians regarding the management of Kormilda College and that that detailed submission was not satisfactory. The rest of the Kormilda question can be addressed adequately tomorrow. I would like to close by saying that the Territory government is committed to providing educational opportunities for all Territorians regardless of where they live or what their origins are. I commend the bill. Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Speaker, I rise to make several comments in relation to the Appropriation Bill. My comments will relate to my own electorate and to the portfolio responsibilities that I bear for the opposition in this Assembly. Before I do so, I will make some general comments about the budgetary process and the economic strategy of the government. 830

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