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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (22 August 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (22 August 1985)


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 22 August 1985 occupy hotel rooms, gamble at the casino, eat at restaurants and generally put money into this community is simply amazing. It would have to be the principal source of income that Darwin has. Therefore, it was distressing to me to hear of these complaints. I was not here but I have to assume that they were genuine complaints because there were so many of them. They related to the facilities that the Darwin Turf Club was able to offer. Mrs Padgham-Purich: There was nothing wrong with them. Mr Dale: Absolute garbage! Mr LEO: I must say that that surprises me. I was told that there were portable toilets, that the car-parking facilities were completely inadequate and that the bookmakers were crammed into the area. Those complaints did not come from anybody at the Darwin Turf Club. They came from the people who were there. Mr Dale: I was there. Mrs Padgham-Purich: was there and I did not see any of that. Mr LEO: It was a very crowded and congested event. Mr Dale: So was Melbourne Cup day, grand final day and open day at the giggle palace. Why don't you go there? Mr LEO: If somebody else says I am wrong, I am prepared to cop it. However, I have listened also to a number of complaints on the radio. The number of press reports about the congestion at the Darwin Turf Club means that some of it must be true. Given the relevance of the Darwin Turf Club Carnival to the Darwin economy, I would hope that, in capital terms, the Territory government sees fit to support the extension and development of facilities at the Darwin Turf Club. This could be easily repaid out of the development fund which the TAB has as part of its makeup. However, I am led to believe that it requires an immediate capital expenditure with repayment over a longer period of time. The amount of money that would be required to provide more acceptable facilities for visitors, I can only speculate upon. That would do no justice to what is required. However, in terms of money generated for Darwin, it would be far more worth while than some of the Mickey Mouse projects that the NT government has poured money into in this town. It is certainly true that, of all the potential income earners that Darwin has, the Darwin Cup Carnival is the most significant. I came here the Tuesday after that event and it was impossible to obtain motel accommodation in this town. Darwin was absolutely booked out. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member's time has expired. Mr TUXWORTH (Chief Minister): Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise to speak in the adjournment debate this afternoon on a matter that is most serious. I wish to address an article that appears on the front page of today's NT News. The article is headlined: 'Police: Why Did Union Counts Go?' The imputation in the article - and it is amplified in the editorial in the same issue - is that 3 Ministers of the Crown - myself, the Attorney-General and the Minister for Ports and Fisheries - have conspired with the Commissioner of Police to ensure that charges against the unionists involved in the Rooney barge dispute were 1265

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