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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 27 February 1985 Mr Speaker, those are not unreasonable requests. We are spending millions of dollars erecting showpieces like Sanderson High School which I have had the pleasure of looking over. It is a terrific school and a real asset to this community. Mr Perron: Look back to a year ago when they were fighting about it being done. Mr SMITH: I cannot remember ever telling anyone that. It is a real asset to the community and a real tribute to the government. But cheek by jowl, if you like, with Sanderson High School, we have this neglected unit at Rapid Creek. I suspect it has been neglected simply because it is so small and tucked away in a larger school. It really is quite a revealing contrast: Sanderson High School and the special unit. I would ask the minister, as busy as he is, to give it some priority, to have a look at its needs and to attempt to remedy them. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Koolpinyah): Mr Speaker, I rise to speak today on a couple of matters. I cannot let the remarks made by the member for Millner go by. He asked the government to supply certain requirements to a certain school in his electorate. Whilst I have sympathy with the children who go to school there, their parents and the teachers in that school, I would like to point out to him that the situation in the rural area provides a great contrast. I would like to ask him to ask the parents and the teachers: where is the initiative of the parents? Where is that great Australian character-building exercise? Where is that great Australian trait: the ability to scrounge? Once everybody scrounged if the government was a bit short on supplying things; In a certain part of the rural area, there was a need for a bus shelter. It is just an ordinary area but 18 children would wait there for the bus without any shelter. The parents got together and agreed to build a bus shelter. They went around and scrounged. They scrounged in the right places and they acquired the makings for the bus shelter. They acquired some new material and some secondhand material. They fabricated the bus shelter in consultation with officers of the Department of Transport and Works and put this bus shelter where it would do the most good, where it was most convenient and where it was safest for the children and for traffic. They did what they felt was necessary for the children, for their convenience and safety, without asking the government for one single penny. It stands out as an example of people doing things for themselves. I recognise that parents of handicapped children may not have as much time to spare for social and extra curricular activities. But I think the spirit of looking after yourself and your own, looking after the particular children in your care and doing something off your own bat is something that we lose sight of these days. We always have our hands out for something from the government. Mr Speaker, I would like to add to the remarks of other honourable members when they spoke of the demise of 2 gentlemen in the Northern Territory. The Minister for Ports and Fisheries spoke of the work of the late Captain Tom Milner. I would like to add my kind remarks to those of the minister. I think I can sum up what he said by saying that Tom Milner was one of nature's gentlemen. I do not think anybody could go further than that. He was a personal friend of ours for some years and I think that his passing leaves the Territory the poorer. I would also like to add to the remarks made by the member for Braitling 80