Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 Mr Dale: It is true. Mr EDE: Mr Speaker, that is not the approach of a minister who acknowledges the problems and is working towards overcoming them. The minister's lack of action in this area compares unfavourably with his self-aggrandising approach, which was exemplified in the memorandum which the member for MacDonnell was not permitted to table. I am sorry if some members find the pathetic attempts at self-promotion by the minister to be boring. However, the only way that we can get extracts of this nature into the record is to read them, out. I have only 7 minutes. I will read as much as I possibly can in that time. Mr Dale: I will table the document when you finish so that people get the whole story. Mr EDE: EXcellent. Mr Speaker, if the minister will table the entire document, I will read out some extracts. It is a memorandum, dated 30 January 1989, to CMT members from the Secretary of the Department of Health and Community Services. The subject is a departmental campaign: You may recall, in late October, the minister suggested that the department undertake a promotional campaign of departmental services. Originally, this was to include multi-media material. The minister has now agreed in principle to a number of initiatives which form the components of a campaign as outlined below. It then deals with market research, discussing indicators of how the public sees departmental services and so forth. It then moves on to the grants-in-aid program. Having decided to do some research to investigate how people perceive the department and its services .. Mr Dale: And how are we going to market that? Mr EDE: I will tell you how we are going to market that. Mr Dale: All right. Mr EDE: We are going to feature the minister's photograph. Great stuff! Are we talking about the public service or are we talking about the minister? If anything could be designed to scare people away from health and community services, it would be the minister's photograph. However, that is not the real point. If the minister is unfortunate enough to have such a face, he should be kinder to the people of the Northern Territory and not splash it all over the newspapers. . Mr Speaker, then we come to little policy glossies. It says that: 'The minister has a busy agenda in the Legislative Assembly'. Mr Dale: Dead right! Mr EDE: Oh yes, 29 days a year is his busy agenda, Mr S~eaker. Obviously, that features heavily in the minister's workload. Mr Dale: I did not write that. That is an observation made by somebody else. Mr EDE: Where were you? Obviously, a standard remark when people cannot find him anywhere around the department is that he is in the Legislative 5568
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