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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (25 May 1988)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (25 May 1988)


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




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DEBATES - Wednesday 25 May 1988 Turning to the contribution of the Leader of the Opposition, what a pathetic effort! It sickened me to have to stay in this Assembly and hear him speak in this debate. He accused us of bad timing. What the Territory government does is in the best interests of the Territory and has nothing to do with any game-playing, number-crunching or factional disputes within the Labor Party. It just so happens that I ventured into this campaign some 3 years ago, and I am committed to this cause because it is inevitable that Australia will enter into the nuclear fuel cycle. Jt is as simple as that, and I will not stand here today and be accused of bad timing by the Leader of the Opposition, just because the far left, the centre left, the centre right, the half left or the right left is considering the issue or whatever. This is the time of reality, the time of reckoning, the time for people to stand up and be counted, as the member for MacDonnell has said on many occasions. It is good to see him back in the Chamber. In any case, the Territory's submission to the Commonwealth on the nuclear industry is due to be given to Minister Kerin at the AMEC this week. In Fremantle a year ago, I promised him that I would provide him the submission. In his statement, he said that the Northern Territory would provide that information to him, and I will. I will deliver it to him on Friday. I understand that it is agenda item No 4 at the meeting. The ALP National Conference has played no part in this schedule. I did not set the date for the AMEC meeting; that is a Commonwealth prerogative. It has been called for this Friday and I will deliver the goods. The member for Barkly wants to give up without a fight. Sure, it is a hard job convincing the federal government, but the Territory has been leading the struggle to bring common sense and reality to this debate, and it will continue to do so. The fight will not be won by rolling over, as the member for Barkly seems to want to do. As Territorians, we have to take this challenge to the people . Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The honourable minister's time has expired. Mr FIRMIN (Ludmilla): Mr Deputy Speaker, I move that the minister be granted an extension of time. Motion agreed to. Mr COULTER: Mr Deputy Speaker, thank you very much. I thank honourable members for their interest in this particular subject and I note the interjection from the opposition, asking me to sit down~ Mr Bell: Yes, sit down. Mr COULTER: Members opposite had nothing to offer in this debate and now they hate to hear the truth coming at them. My statement today was essentially a report on the progress of the Territory government's move towards the inevitable nuclear future. That future will be determined largely by the federal government, but that does not mean that the Territory has to sit on its hands and watch the world go by. Members opposite are on a roster, Mr Deputy Speaker. One comes in and another goes out. I believe we will advance the tide of public opinion for Australia's involvement in the nuclear industry if we continue to promote community debate. The Territory's positive case is based on fact and certainty, and in 3326

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