Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 Mr BAI LEY (Wanguri): Mr Speaker, I woul d 1 i ke to rep 1 y bri efly to the paper delivered by the honourable minister. We seem to be having a number of these papers which express generalisations and platitudes about environmental issues. This paper is largely a summary of observations on the Greenhouse Effect and the ozone 1 ayer at about grade 8 sci ence 1 eve 1. The member for Sadadeen continued with the grade 8 science lesson. It would be nice if some of the facts were a little more accurate. Mr Reed: . Are you going to quote from anything? Mr BAILEY: Oh, no. The statement by the honourable minister seemed to go nowhere. It was a non-committal summary of nothing, a climbing on the band wagon of green issues without actually doing anything. Mr Reed: You are the opposition spokesman. Give us your views. Mr BAILEY: What we see from this side is the need within the Territory for some real action to be taken on environmental issues. At the moment, one of the main concerns of environmentally concerned people within the Northern Territory is the lack of freedom of information in respect of environmental issues. As long as this government continues to keep secret information from preliminary environmental reports, the debate on the environment will not be furthered within the Territory. For example, at the moment, I believe there are 2 PERs doing the rounds to which people concerned about the environment would like to have access. I may be wrong because we cannot find out. It would appear that there is a PER in relation to noxious chemicals for a heavy industrial site in the East Arm area. Environmentalists are seriously concerned and would like to examine the PER to determi ne whether the project woul d be good or bad for the envi ronment. However, the PER is a confidential document. There is a PER on the Mary River proposal by Mr Walker. prepared, but they are not open for public perusal. Mr Perron: EISs are the ones that are made public. PERs are Mr BAILEY: How many EISs have been done? How many PERs lead toEISs? PERs are used as a smokescreen so that the public is not made aware of the issues involved. Mr Speaker, as I said, I wanted to speak only briefly on this statement from the honourable minister. What I am saying is that, until the envi ronmenta 1 debate is put in the pub 1 i c arena and people have access to important i nformati on on envi ronmenta 1 issues, thi s government will stand condemned for its lack of real concern about the environment. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Koolpinyah): Mr Speaker, in rising to speak to the mi n i ster' s statement, I fi nd myse If wonderi ng how many more such statements we will have delivered at the next sittings, the sittings after and the sittings after that. I believe that the minister has to take to its logical conclusion the consequence of delivering these statements. The more statements he makes, the more paper is needed to circulate them to all of us. Mr Hatton: It is okay if you recycle the paper. Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH: Is this paper recycled? I bet it is not. Mr Speaker, I do not really ~ave anything to argue about in the contents of the minister's statement. What he says makes sense, except for a couple 8774
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