Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 after helping to evacuate the wounded. He was reported missing in action in Crete on 20 August 1941. He was reported as a pri soner of war in Germany on 11 November 1941. I understand that he served out his time as a ~risoner of war in a camp near Munich - Stalag 7. He embarked for Barcelona in Spain from Germany when he was. repatri ated on 27 October 1943. He di sembarked in Egypt in November 1943 and returned to Australia in January 1944. Mr Tassicker was a man of his times. He was not unique in fighting in many different fields of battle in World War I and World War II. There weie many others who did the same. However, he happens to have been a unique gentleman. By fighting for his country in 2 World Wars, he demonstrated a sense of patriotism which could well be emulated by the youth of today if ever the occasion demands it in the future. Mr Tassicker was appointed a lance corporal in July 1943. He served in Western Australia until he was discharged in 1945 and he was awarded the Military Medal in March 1946. From World War II, Mr Tassicker was awarded the Military Medal, the 1939-45 Star, the Africa Star, the War Medal and the Austral ian Service Medal. Al so, he received a, Certificate of Service in Greece. He was a very brave gentleman and I personally regret his passing. My sympathy has been extended to his family. In the time left to me in this debate, I would like to touch on another subject which is completely unrelated. I refer to a matter which I hope has been remedied. The deficiency should not have occurred in the first place. r refer to the deficiency in service in a certain section of the Power and Water Authori ty. We have had several severe storms in the rural area and other parts of the Top End recently. I can speak only for my constituents in the rural area on this, but no doubt this unhappy situation affected other people. When the lightning strikes and you lose your power, you are in a dicey situation. You do not know how long the power will be off. You may not have a standby generator. You may have a fridge and freezer full of food for a large family. There are no lights and the fans have stopped. You want to know what is happening and, therefore, you consult the telephone book by the 1 i ght of a torch and try to ri ng the emergency number for the Power and Water Authority.' You try and try. The number is dead. It is a very poor show on the part of the Power and Water Authority that its emergency number is not working. I have reason to believe that this is not the first time that this has happened. I made inquiries and publicly stated that this was not good enough. We are charged enough for electricity and water. The least the Power and Water Authority can do is provide a bit of servi ce for the money it take,s from the people in the commun i ty for its servi ces. It must en sure that that emergency number is working. People need to know how long ,the power will be off so that they can make other arrangements if necessary. Mr EDE (Stuart): Mr Speaker, in November last year, the opposition ran a series of issues past the Minister for Education relating to the handling of his portfolio. I do not intend to regurgitate those in 15 minutes, but let me say that, since that time, my office has been inundated with further complaints about the administration of his department. I would like to provide some examples. Several teachers in remote areas have not had their higher duties allowance and special education allowance paid into their salaries. They have been told by the department that it is aware of the problem but that it will not be rectified for a couple more pay periods. One teacher actually received her higher duties allowance, about $135 for a 8868
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