Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)
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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 the town and just out of town. For example, last year, a mob of kids were on the Stuart Highway north of town and took to the bitumen road with diesel and petrol to make a slippery surface and then started adragster operation. Fortunately, the police moved in fairly quickly and took them off the road with defect notices. But this is the type of irresponsiblity that is being witnessed in and around central Australia. One night on Lindsay Avenue, which is a divided road, 2 kids were travelling in the same direction down either side of the road. A young lad got loose in the Braitling school after the federal election. He drove in behind the buildings, along the bike path, then out onto the playgrounds. He was not just travelling slowly; it was flat out all the way. It was fortunate that there were no children playing in the grounds at the time. Mr Speaker, I now turn to one of my favourite topics: roads. The Plenty Highway in central Australia is under way. By the end of this year, sealing will have been completed to 105 km from the Stuart Highway, leaving just under 40 km before it reaches Harts Range. Given the fact that the Queensland government is now spending a lot of money on the road from Boulia to our border, I believe we need to take a deliberate decision on whether or not we are going to continue upgrading the Plenty Highway to the border to meet up with the work that the Queensland government is doing. In regard to the Yulara to Kings Canyon proposal, which I first raised here over 2 years ago, I am delighted to see it is now being placed on the front burner and the survey of that road is actively under way. I wrote last year to the former Minister for Lands suggesting that the government should move at an early date to rename what is popularly known as the Wallara Road, between the Stuart Highway and Kings Canyon, after Ernest Giles, the explorer. I believe that it should be called the Giles Highway. Ultimately, when the Yulara-Kings Canyon road is completed, the name of that road should be extended to Ayers Rock as the Giles Highway. Mr Speaker, the Deputy Chief Minister this afternoon mentioned the South Road. As he has indicated, by December next year, the road at long last will be completed. Presently, only 392 km of that road is unsealed. By December this year, another 177 km will be sealed, leaving only 215 km to be completed by December next year to fit in with the South Australian government's 150 years celebration in that state. It is one of the largest single highway projects undertaken anywhere in Australia since the Second World War. The Northern Territory, particularly those communities in outlying areas, has been particularly fortunate in recent months to receive television coverage of major national sporting events. I refer particularly to the Benson and Hedges one-day cricket series and, before that, the 5-day tests with the West Indies. I pay tribute tonight to the Channel 9 organisation in Sydney which provided access to the ABC at no charge, provided it transmitted to areas not serviced by commercial TV. That of course includes Alice Springs, Tennant Cree~ Katherine and Nhulunbuy. Mr Speaker, the Ashes tests, which are to commence in England later in the year, are normally televised by the ABC. This year, Channel 9 has the commercial rights and, whilst it has again made the offer to the ABC to televise to non-commercial areas, the ABC has indicated its reluctance to take up that offer. We hope to change its mind. I have spoken elsewhere about the need to investigate further, once the third satellite is launched late next year, my proposal to reserve a channel exclusively for the transmission of sporting events. I have already discussed this with the major commercial stations in Sydney and they have indicated their interest in participating. In effect, this would give Australia 24-hours TV 73
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