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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (14 February 1989)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (14 February 1989)


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 14 February 1989 public road. as he has done. something needs to be done to ensure that there is access to the Fitzgerald property. The Minister for Lands and Housing has the option of involving the Department of Transport and Works. the Fitzgeralds. the Trezises and anybody he likes. in discussions and negotiations. It is not good enough, however, for him to say that the issue does not matter and is no more than a dispute between private parties. It does matter. It is affecting and possibly ruining a small business and people who really are battling. You have seen a few battlers in your time, Mr Speaker. I defy you to go out and look at the Fitzgeralds and tell me that there is anyone in the Northern Territory who is doing it as hard as they are. Mr Coulter: Hear, hear! , Mr TUXWORTH: The Leader of Government Business, who is also their local member, agrees. The Fitzgeralds do not deserve such treatment. Although the minister may feel that the matter can be resolved only by the Fitzgeralds and the Trezises, I suggest that he will have a change of heart if he goes down there and has a look. He will want to do something to resolve the problem. For the minister to sit in Darwin and pretend that it has nothing to do with him and, that it is a problem for the parties concerned is not good enough. Mr Manzie: Tell me what to do. You are talking so much about it. Let us have a solution. Mr TUXWORTH: Mr Speaker, the minister wants to know what to do. Could I suggest to him that he convene a round-table conference between the 2 parties. Could I suggest to him that he ask the Department of Transport and Works for a range of options on what can be done. Could I suggest to him that he consider having the road declared in the same way as a road over Aboriginal land would be declared. Mr Manzie: We have looked at that. Mr TUXWORTH: He says that he has looked at all those things and can still do nothing. That is a load of hogwash! It defies the imagination that nothing can be done after all that. The problem is not insoluble. It simply requires some initiative from the minister, and that is not too much to ask. He will be stimulated to find a solution when he has a look at the situation for himself. Mr Manzie: been there. live in this part of the world. know where it is. I have Mr TUXWORTH: You do not know where it is. Do you know what sort of blockade is over the road? Mr Manzie: visit the electorate too - unlike yourself. Mr TUXWORTH: Do you know what sort of blockade is over the road? Mr Coulter: Yes. Mr Manzie: Come on, Ian. Sit down and stop wasting everyone's time. Mr TUXWORTH: Mr Speaker, clearly the minister does not know what sort of a blockade is over the road. When he has a look at that, it will be a bit of an eye-opener for him too. I have seen a few roads closed off in my time but they did a good job on that one when they closed it off. 5448

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