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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 August 1990)


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 August 1990 From an historic point of view, I would like to record the fact that, if it had not been for Dami en Mi 11 er and his generos ity, to all intents and purposes, Connellan Airways probably would never have flown. While the name Connellan was emblazoned across the fuselage of many aeroplanes in the Northern Territory during the 1930s to 1960s, it was Damien who provided the funds. Damien came from a very well-to-do family in Melbourne. Eddie Connell an had the dream and Damien Miller provided the funding. That was how Connellan Airways was established. Mr Speaker, a.funeral service was held fot Damien Miller in central Australia. I am cettain that I speak on behalf of all members here tonight when I extend to Mrs, Mi 11 erand her 4 chil dr~n the sympathy of all members of this Assembly. Members: Hear, hear! Mr SMITH (Opposition Leader): Mr Speaker, arise to add my condolences to the fami ly of Jim Gallacher. I will not reiterate Jim's history in the Northern Territory because that has been covered very adequately by a number of other speakers over the last 3 days. Jim was certainly a very important figure in the education world. I first came to know him in the mid-1970s when a group of Young Turks - and probably I was one of them - came.to the Territory and were busily trying to reshape the Territory education system in our own collective image. It was people like Jim Gallacher whom we were fighting because we thought they were the people of the 1960s, the people with yesterday's ideas, the people whose time had come to rollover so that the bri ght young peop 1 e who had come to the Territory could take their places and get on with the show. Jim Gallacher handled that situation with confidence and aplomb. It was a sign of the man. Certainly, the 1970s was a very vigorous time in Aboriginal education. Many new ideas were being floated. Jim Gallacher particip.ated fully in that discussion and more than held his own. To a large degree, what we have achieved in Aboriginal education over the last 20 to 30 years is a result of the contri but i on of Jim Gallacher. In the 1950s, he co-authored with Betty Watts what was to become a major textbook on Aboriginal education and the guiding force for Aboriginal education in the Northern Territory for a number of years. ' After Cyc lone; Tracy, he took over as Act i ng Di rector of the Department of Education. The 'previous director retired around the .time of the cyclone and it was left to Jim Gallacher to gather the reins and get the education system back on the road again. He did that in his normal calm, cool and collected manner. I do not think that the Territory has ever quite recogni sed the debt that it owes Jim Gallacher for the way that he took the education system and put it back together again after the cyclone. It was a very difficult task. Teachers, students and administrators were scattered all over the country. Considerable damage had been done to the school buildings and it is a credit to Jim Gallacher that the system came back into shape very quickly.indeed. I want to pay t ri bute ton i ght a 1 so to someone who is very much ali ve and someone with whom people on both sides of the House have tangled during his time in the Northern Territory. I refer to one Peter Tullgren. On Monday, Peter will be leaving after 10 years in the Northern Territory. He is return i ng to the head offi ce of the Mi sce 11 aneous Workers Un i on in Sydney. He came to the Northern Territory in 1980 as an organiser and a 9967

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