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 this amount of money will be capitalised in the total projects when they move into the development phase. I am able to advise that discussions have commenced between the government and interested parties for developments at both Myilly Point and the Alice Springs golf course estate. Honourable members will be aware that prominent among the parties is the Territory's only public company, Henry and Walker. Henry and Walker expressed interest in the development of the old hospital site when expressions of interest were first sought. The government has developed arrangements with Henry and Walker to secure its continued involvement in this project. At this stage, the nature of these arrangements must be confidential and I will report to the Legislative Assembly further on this and other features when contracts have been finalised. I must emphasise the need for the government to proceed with its negotiations confidentially. I can only point to the problems which have occurred on other studies with overall development when people have insisted that we conduct our studies, decision-making processes and negotiations in open forum. No one will do business on that basis. Finally, all of these arrangements have been concluded to enable the casinos to be a focal point and a catalyst for the further development of the tourist industry in the Northern Territory. This will mean thousands and thousands of jobs, particularly for our young people, and a thriving and growing Territory economy. Mr Speaker, in determining the most appropriate arrangements all round, the government had to bear in mind the interests of all parties to the various agreements. It consulted widely and sought expert legal advice and financial and other opinions. The government believes that the arrangements which have been set in place are appropriate given the range of interests to be served and having regard to the long-term future of the Territory. Mr Speaker, I commend this statement to honourable members and I move that the Assembly take note of the statement. Debate adjourned. NOTICE OF MOTION Censure of Chief Minister Mr B. COLLINS (Opposition Leader): Mr Speaker, I give notice tha4 on the next sitting day, I will move that this Assembly censures the Chief Minister of the Northern Territory for: (1) his deliberate deception of all Territorians in that he denied, in a public statement on 28 November 1984, that the Northern Territory had diverted funds from its budget to purchase the casinos formerly belonging to Federal Hotels when he had personally directed that those public funds be so diverted at least 2 weeks prior to issuing that statement; and (2) his ineptitude during the negotiations of financial arrangements for the new operators of the casinos and the ultimate owners of the casinos which has and will continue to disadvantage the government of the Northern Territory in its collection of revenues in the form of casino charges and taxes; and this Assembly calls on the Chief Minister to resign as Chief Minister of the Northern Territory immediately. 24
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