Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 Assembly. Is there somewhere here, Mr Speaker, where ministers hide when we are not around? It is quite an amazing statement. It continues: 'It has been aqreed that these will be translated into summarised, more personalised versions'which are going to be distributed to the public and possibly published in newspapers to coincide with the minister's statements and be ready for distribution as close to the minister's statements as possible'. The whole thing is an aggrandisement of the minister, not of the services. Mr Palmer: It is all about an involved, caring minister. Mr EDE: Oh, come on!. Caring about his re-election. Caring about trying to move a little higher in the ministerial pecking order. 'Significant events: we are currently in the process of combining a calendar of events on a department-wide basis to assist the minister's diary planning' . The minister does not know what the department is doing and it will try to tell him what is going on. 'Events which offer a more personalised involvement of the minister are of particular interest. The forthcoming Marrara 5th Birthday Pageant and the July show circuit are ones in which the minister has shown interest'. Mr Dale: As we have always done. Mr Tuxworth: And the bubble bath. Mr EDE: Yes, I think the bubble bath is coming up. Mr Speaker, I heard recently that the minister was trying to bring together all the volunteers who worked at the last Masters Games in Alice Springs for a barbecue. Mr Dale: I have not heard about that one. Mr EDE: That might have been effective immediately after the Masters Games, but they were held some 6 months ago now. This was put to me in the context of its bearing out some remarks made by the member for Barkly in respect of another significant event that may occur later this year. In fact, the most significant event in any honourable member's calendar would be an election. Anybody who read that document would realise that all those significant events were building up to one major event - an election. The minister knows that he is down the drain. Because he does not have the resources or the ability himself to command re-election, he has decided to tap the resources of the department in a last desperate attempt to see if he can make it over the line. Mr DALE (Health and Community Services): Mr Speaker, it is pleasing to have this chance to speak to the amendment which, of course, we will be opposing. We have had interjections from the member for Barkly, the champion of press releases, about bubble baths at the Nightcliff pub. Mr Tuxworth: You are the one who wanted to have bubble baths and condoms at the Nightcliff Hotel. Mr DALE: We have heard the member for Stuart raving on about a document that was stolen from the department. That reinforces a statement made previously in this House by the Leader of the Opposition that he endorses such actions by public servants and that, if he were a public servant, it is a 5569
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