Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)
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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 Mrs PADGHAM-PURICH (Koolpinyah): Mr Speaker, at the risk of being accused of indulging in tautology, I would like to add an addendum to what I said yesterday regarding the undesirable strip shows at licensed premises in Darwin and other places in the Territory. Not very long ago, a letter appeared in the NT News. Unfortunately, it was written above a pseudonym. I am sorry that the person did not sign his or her name to the letter but, like myself, many women were amused by it and recognised the truth of what was said. This letter dealt with the reasons why people go to strip shows and I believe it is worth while to refer to its contents. Its first point was that the strip shows are attended only by men. One very seldom sees women at these shows. Those men show a great deal of pleasure in being with other men. According to the letter, and I agree, these men could be accused of making lascivious remarks to the performers. Of course, this is to demonstrate their macho makeup. Naturally, watchers of the strip show would express great distaste if anybody said they were homosexuals or of that bent. Howeve~, I believe that there is more than a grain of truth in the letter's statement that their expressed hatred of their real sexual inclination is really an expression of fear. If these men really want wom~n, why are they with other men? If they are express i ng thei r sexuality through their macho behaviour at strip shows, why do they express it in the company of men? The writer of the letter used a pseudonym, 'Theorist, Darwin', and my views parallel the views which that writer expressed. One would question the sexuality of the blokes who go along to strip shows, at the beginning and also at the end. Mr Speaker, I turn now to a more serious subject. A person has approached me about a matter, and I will refer to him by name because I think it is worth recording the views that he has put forward. As well as approaching me, Mr David Loveridge has publicised his views in the press and in the rural area, of which he is a resident and, incidentally, one of my yery good constituents. He is also a very well-known businessman servicing the rural area. His views could only be supported by sensible people in the community and people who wish to see closer settlement of the rural areas of the Northern Territory and solid, stable settlement of the Northern Territory generally. Mr Loveridge's view, and the thrust of his letter to me, is that the government should look pretty closely at implementing easier subdivision of large pastoral holdings. I believe that it is immaterial who actually subdivides, whether it is a pastoral lessee who sells at a profit, or whether the government subsidises the process. Of course, consideration would have to be given to whether blocks in a pastoral subdivision could carry cattle or whether they should become agricultural blocks. However, I believe that there is a great deal of sense in this suggestion. Now is the time to interest people in coming to the Territory. We have been told repeatedly and on good authority that the population of the Territory has been decreasing and continues to decrease. We are losing working people from the Territory and we should try to keep them here at all costs. I am not talking about the people who come up here on the dole to get away from the southern winters, stay here for a couple of months and then shoot through up north, or those who stay in the Territory on their way from the north to the south. I am talking about the people who want to settle here: husbands, wives and families. In other parts of Australia, it is very difficult for young people to get a toehold on any land. Land is very difficult to obtain. However, there are 5614
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