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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 department. following in the industry's footsteps, and that lead has to come from the top. While I am on that subject, I have to give credit where it is due and I must say that I am very pleased that the honourable minister, through his department, has seen fit to appoint in his department an expert in goat husbandry. I have had quite a few conversations with this gentleman and have mentioned him to other people interested in the goat industry and he seems to know what he is talking about. I am very pleased that this step forward in the recruitment of new staff in the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries has taken place. I understand that a specialist in poultry husbandry has been appointed also, which might interest you, Mr Speaker, because of your personal interest in the poultry industry. I have not had occasion to speak to this person yet, to exchange views. If my information is correct, I certainly will do so in the future. To conclude, I would like to say again that I can only compliment the minister on his staff in the Primary Industry Division of his department. I do not have much to do with the Fisheries people. It is mainly concerning the primary industries on the land, not the water, that I have matters to discuss. However, I can only compliment the staff of the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries on the help that they have given to myself and to other people that are known to me, when we have asked for help. I believe the direction has to come from the top. There has to be a bit of a shake-up, and it is not before time that the Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries gave the industry a lead. Mr TUXWORTH (Barkly): Mr Speaker, I rise in the debate tonight to talk about a small electoral matter that will be of importance. It is on about the same scale as the Fitzgerald farm. However, before I continue on that, I will come back to the interjection made a moment ago by the Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries. He interjected whilst the gentle lady from Koolpinyah was speaking, saying that we had a really good year last year and we can expect to have another one this year. Really, that highlights .. Mr Reed: That is not what I said. Mr TUXWORTH: It is what you said. Go and get the book and read it. God Almighty, you do not even remember for 2 minutes what you have said. The minister's has highlighted his total lack of understanding of his portfolio. Anybody in the industry can tell you, Mr Speaker, that you cannot keep on selling more and more beef. There has to be a time when your breeding herd catches up, so you can stay in the game. Anybody will tell you that the biggest problem we have in the Northern Territory at the present time is .. Mr Reed: Is you. Mr TUXWORTH: is breeders - and you do not even understand that. The problem is that the minister has been tucked on the government nipple for so long that he has never had to make a buck of his own and cannot understand the problems of people that do. If he had gone to the buffalo industry meeting and got an earful there, as the member for Koolpinyah and I did, he would have a better understanding of what it is about. Mr Speaker, tonight, I would like to put in a word for a pioneer Territorian, a gentleman called Jack Chambers, who is doing it ,pretty tough at the moment at Renner Springs. I believe Jack Chambers came to the Territory 5616

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