Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)
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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 The Marrara facilities, which are adjacent to my electorate, have 'also been heavily used and increasingly developed over the last year or so'. The youth of my electorate has access to and in fact uses all of these governmentsponsored facilities but it is obvious that facilities in themselves are not enough. It is pleasing to see that this government has addressed itself to the social issues and people are encouraged to participate in organised sports etc. Through the Minister for Community Development's Task Force on Juvenile Crime, I am positive that we will be able to identify and address some of the social issues that result in young people getting off the rails and not utilising the opportunity to fully develop themselves as fruitful and worthwhile citizens of the future. Mr Deputy Speaker, contrary to the Deputy Leader of the Opposition's concern that the Administrator's address did not include anything exciting, I am definitely comforted that this government is still heading exactly on track and will provide a bright future for all Territorians. ' MATTER OF PRIVILEGE Mr B. COLLINS (Opposition Leader): Mr Speaker, I rise in the Assembly this afternoon, under standing order 72, to raise with you a possible breach 'of privilege. Mr Speaker, 5 minutes ago, I received a letter from the Chair~an of the Northern Territory Development Corporation. It was marked urgent and was hand delivered to me in the Assembly. As well as referring the letter to yourself, Mr Speaker, for investigation as to whether it constitutes a breach of the privilege of this Assembly, I would like a response this afternoon from the minister responsible for the Northern Territory Development Corporation he is just taking his place and, by the surprised look on his face, he will probably have to tell me that he knows nothing about it - as to whether this letter was first cleared with him as the responsible minister in the context of what I think everyone in this Assembly will accept as being an extremely sensitive and controversial matter. Mr Speaker, at the very least, I would have to say that this letter shows the most appalling lack of judgment on the part of the Chairman of the Northern Territory Development Corporation that I think I have seen in the time I have been here. I fail to understand his motives in doing it, and he is a person I have known for many year~. Mr Speaker, I will read out the letter in full and I wish to make it clear before I begin as to why I am raising this matter of privilege under standing order 72. If this letter had finished at the paragraph before the last, I would have discussed the matter with the responsible minister and then telephoned the Chairman of the Northern Territory Development Corporation. However, the last paragraph of this letter is so outrageous that I intend to raise this as a potential breach of privilege of this Assembly. The letter is dated 27 February. It is on Northern Territory Development Corporation headed paper and is marked: 'From the Office of the Chairman'. It is addressed to me. It reads: Dear Bob, I was surprised and disappointed that, in the course of the censure motion on the casino issues this morning, the name of one of my officers was used in a detrimental and most unfair way. The thing that concerned me most was that Terry Smith used selective quotes and attributed them to Jim Moore. Terry Smith was not at the press conference. I can only assume that someone 66
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