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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (02 October 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (02 October 1990)


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 2 October 1990 I would like to make it very clear that the member for Barkly cannot justify his appalling behaviour in this matter by claiming that it is in the public interest. It is illogical for him to claim that he disagrees with what Mr Mulholland is doing or what Mr Mulholland will or will not be able to achieve within his charter, when Mr Mulholland is yet to report. As the Leader of the Opposition has pointed out, the time for those judgments to be made is after Mr Mulholland has .submitted his report, when it can be analysed. Indeed, only a congenital idiot would suggest otherwise. Nor can the member for Barkly claim that there is no other way of ensuring that his allegations are fully investigated. The member for Barkly was given a personal assurance by Mr Mulholland himself that, if he wrote or recorded his allegations, they would be sent directly to Mr Mulholland, unread and unheard. The member for Barkly has chosen to take neither of those 2 options. In fact, by implying that Mr Mulholland would allow himself to be hamstrung in his' investigations or to be part of some cover-up, the member for Barkly has attacked the integrity of one of the most eminent and respected criminal lawyers in the country. This is further evidence of the depths to which the member for Barkly's pol itical cynicism will sink. It is the action of a bitter man, hunted from high office because of his own questionable behaviour, who knows he has reached the end of his political career. He has used the privilege granted to him as a member of this House to make the most serious allegations against my personal and professional integrity. I bel ieve his only legitimate excuse for such action would be that he had actual evidence to substantiate his claims. If he is unable to provide this substantiation, then he forfeits all claim to personal honour and integrity. He forfeits whatever right he had to represent Territorians as a so-called honourable member of this House. I call on the honourable member for Barkly, if he cannot now present evidence to support his allegations, which I have refuted, to resign immediately and to apologise publicly to my family, to myself and to. this government. STATEMENT Review of Aboriginal Education Mr HARRIS (Education): Mr Speaker, my statement relates to my r~view of Aboriginal Education, entitled 'TaJking is Not Enough'. The review has taken. almost 2 years to reach this stage. It has been a very difficult, painstaking endeavour, but I must make it clear from the outset that the process is not yet complete. This report has been produced by myself, as Northern Territory Minister for Education. It is not a statement of policy presented on behalf of the Northern Territory government, nor is it a Northern Territory Department of Education report. However, I believe that, once feedback on the report has been received from throughout the Territory community, the principles I have outl ined should form the basis for future policy. Mr EDE: A point of order, Mr Speaker! I would like a clarification in respect of standing order 258 which states that a 'minister may make a statement on government policy, or on a government decision, or on government act i on or on. proposed government act i on at any time . '. The minister has stated that this is not a statement of Northern Territory government pol i cy and that it does not relate to a Department of Educat i on report. I believe. that the review cannot properly be the subject of a ministerial 'statement. 10 670

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