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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 There is much to be said for the Coalition's policy as it will be announced tomorrow for a return to fairness and equity in regard to road fundi ng versus the tax collected. A tran sport mi ni sters conference was planned for March, by which time we were to have all this you-beaut information that was not given to us at the hastily-prepared meeting in December so that we could deliberate and be sensible about what we could or could not adopt out of the 10-point package. We still do not have a skerrick of information. The simple reason is that the federal government does not have any. This is a pipedream that somebody in Canberra has worked out all on his own. In respect of the reference to Helen Galton, despite the personal abuse heaped on her, we will hear more about Helen Galton as time goes on because she will be the next Territory member. I know that she will achieve a great deal for the Territory. On the Victoria Highway, I am certain that she has won from the shadow minister a commitment to a reasonable share of funding. We have been p 1 uggi ng away for 5 years. There have been 7 mi n i sters and I had to put 1 in front of a road train to demonstrate how bad the Victoria Highway is. It has 5 times the national average of fatalities yet the oppos it i on can accept that it is a progressi ve federa 1 ALP po 1 icy that allows that. The member for the Territory has the audacity to say he was won the day. He has won nought. He lost $3m for us of our highway funding last year. He lost us $4m of the 10% increase that the rest of Austral ia received. He has lost us 44% over the last 7 years. He has done nought. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Thenonourable minister's time has expired. Motion agreed to. SUSPENSION OF STANDING ORDERS Mr BELL (MacDonnell): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move that so much of standing orders be suspended as would allow me to move a motion forthwith relating to a suspension of the Assembly for a dinner break. Motion negatived. LEGAL AID BILL (Serial 258) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr MANZIE (Attorney-General): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. The purpose of this bill is to establish a Legal Aid Commission in the Territory to take administrative responsibility for the provision of legal aid. The bill is a resul t of an agreement between the Terri tory and the Commonwea lth governments under whi ch the Territory will assume full responsibility for general legal aid. As such, it marks another step in the government's continuing advance towards achieving full state-type functions in the immediate future. I must say that I have been disappointed that the Commonwealth approached th1s agreement in its usual heavy-handed way, treating the Northern Territory as a Commonwealth colony and failing to accord the Territory the same respect that it affords the states. I mention just a minor example. Everywhere else in Australia, legal aid for war veterans is funded wholly by the Commonwealth out of separate funds, yet the 8810