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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 However, there is one requirement on this: that the extra 1994 season, which has been granted to the northern pastoralists by the national committee, be passed on by this government to the pastoralists. This means that the minister must reorganise the shoot-outs and de-stocking so that it is spread over the 3-year period and not over the 2-year period. Regrettably, I must say that I have seen no indication that that is occurri ng. The government is conti nui ng with the same shoot-out program, the same de-stocking program, that it had before the extension of time was granted. In effect, the government is taking the extra cattle season, which was provided as an assistance to the pastoralists and the buffalo industry of the Northern Territory, and is sayi ng that it wi 11 use the addi tiona 1 time as a buffer against problems that it may experience towards the end of the program. Mr Speaker, it is a disgrace. Mr SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member's time has expired. Mr BAI LEY (Wang uri ): Mr Speaker, I ri se to speak ton i ght on an issue that has been raised previously, and .1 would like to speak to this issue from a couple of angles. I want to talk about a group called the Deafness Association of the Northern Territory and its long-term fight to have an ENT spec.ialist employed within the Royal Darwin Hospital. I accept that the present Minister for Health and Community Services was not the minister at the time when this issue began 12 months ago. However, unless he can provide some updated information, it appears that we are no closer to filling that position in the foreseeable future than we were 12 months ago. Firstly" I would like to give credit to the Deafness Association for the thoroughness of the ongoing effort it has made in relation to this matter. In particular, I would like to acknowledge the work done by the President, Mary Salter, ,and the level of correspondence she has maintained for over 12 months in an endeavour to have a suitable specialist employed at the Royal Darwin Hospital to cater for a major health problem within the Northern Territory. Some of the factors that she and the association appear to be battling againstar,e indicated in her letter to the minister of 12 February. This letter was written after Mrs Salter had been trying for many months to find out what the department was doing ... Mr Hatton,: I wrote to her. Mr BAILEY: in relation to this issue. It says that a letter from the departmen~, dated 23 October last year, intimated that there was no onus to provide the association with details of the search for a replacement. These people have made conti.nued efforts to have a suitable ENT specialist employed at the Royal Darwin Hospital and, on a number of occasions, have asked, what action is bei ng taken. Eventua 11y, the department responded that the association has no right to know what efforts are being made to remedy the situation. I "acknowledge the letter from the minister indicating that a person who is being trained at the moment may be employed in 1991. It does not appear that the problem that is of great concern to the Deafness Association, as demonstrated by the continuing efforts of its president, is any closer to resolution. I believe that the honourable minister must pursue the matter with much more vigour than has been the case so far if we are to achieve a resolution of the problem in the near future. Mr HATTON (Health and Community Services): Mr Speaker, I rise in response to the member for Wanguri. I know of his special interest in this particular matter. He received 'a petition that was being circulated by the 8872

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