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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 continuing in this area along with investigation into more efficient DC/AC converters. The government is continuing its program of extending the electricity grid to remove the need for small diesel-powered generators and is investigating the possibility of extending the Alice Springs to Darwin gas pi pe li ne to allow the replacement of li qui d hydrocarbon fue 1 s with natura 1 gas for electricity generation in other areas. In Alice Springs, a trial is being conducted to test the feasibility of converting heavy road transport to use liquefied natural gas. Another transport project, the Darwin to Alice Springs rail link, would reduce carbon dioxide emission by reducing reliance on less efficient heavy road transport. In conclusion, the government would welcome the support of this Assembly for the steps that we are already taking and the development of new initiatives aimed at reducing emissions of greenhouse gases. Mr Speaker, I move that the Assembly take note of the statement. Mr EDE (Stuart): Mr Speaker, last night, instead of doing something sensible such as going to sleep, I pored over this speech looking for some indication that the money that had been spent on the trip was worth while. Even worse than that, and to my disgrace, I inflicted the same punishment on my electorate secretary, who had to examine a pile of notes and try to type something of interest. It is all very well to put together a long, turgid and uninteresting lecture on one side of the debate on climatic change. However, I am at a loss to understand why the minister had to spend so much time of the House on the matter. I am not an expert in every aspect of climatic change and I am still not an expert after listening to the minister's speech - but I had hoped that I would hear something about the effects on the bush. I wanted to know what the effects would be in the Northern Territory in respect ofl ands and primary industries. There was nothing at all in the statement except a regurgitation of back issues of New Scientist or Scientific American. Mr Reed interjecting. Mr EDE: Mr Speaker, I hear the Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries interjecting. No doubt, he will rise to tell us about the effects. Maybe I should have waited a little longer. Be that as it may, I am sure that all honourable members have read some of the information that is available. In fact, I am quite puzzled as to why the honourable minister decided to go as far as The Hague. He could have spent considerably less money and done as I did. He could have walked up a couple of floors on the other side of this building and he would have found the Parliamentary Library. He could have found interesting predictions in the Petroleum Gazette where Sir Arvi Parbo said that, whether the Greenhouse Effect is real or not and whether or not the consequences are as stated, 3 predictions can be made with absolute certainty even at this early time: first, there are votes to be won by being loudly concerned about it; second, there will be a flood of legislation dealing with it; and third, a great new worldwide growth industry will be born - government bodies, inquiries, advisory councils, international conferences, consultants, research projects, publications and so on. This is one of those occasions when I most certainly agree with Sir Arvi Parbo. We have witnessed statement after statement from this government regurgitating material from back issues of Scientific American. We have had 8766