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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 Mr DALE: Mr Speaker, quite clearly, the Minister for Education was glvlng a resume of the recommendations contained in a report that he has in his possession, but not with him in the Assembly today. He made some copious notes so that he could be accurate in providing to this Assembly a resume of what is in the report. He was not quoting from the report. He quoted from the notes that he has in front of him and I am certain that he will be quite happy to table those notes. Mr LEO: Mr Speaker, nobody on the government benches has denied that the report from the working party on school fees exists. The minister has not denied that he was quoting from sections of that report. Those are the facts of life. It is all very well for the Minister for Health and Community Services to say that the minister was quoting from sections of that report. It does not matter; he was quoting from that report. He was not making comments on that report. He was using the words written in that report. In fact, he said, 'I quote from the report', and then read from it. Standing order 255 of this Assembly obliges him to table that report if requested to do so except if he claims confidentiality. If he makes that claim, that is fine and be it on his head. Other than that, he is obliged to table the entire report. Mr SPEAKER: May I ask the minister whether he is prepared to table the papers from which he was quoting this morning? Mr HARRIS: Mr Speaker, I have no problem with tabling the papers that I have before me There are only a couple there in relation to those recommendations. I do not know what the big hassle is about because, at some stage, the report will come before this Assembly. Mr Ede: We want it now. Mr HARRIS: It is not completed as a total report. Mr Speaker, I have made it very clear this morning that there are still aspects of the report which require further investigation and I am having that matter examined. We are trying to address the matter responsibly. All the opposition is trying to do is to obtain political mileage rather than looking at the issue responsibly. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Will the minister table the documents? Mr HARRIS: Yes. TABLED PAPER Report of Auditor-General on Prescribed Statutory Corporations Mr SPEAKER: Honourable members, I lay on the Table a report of the Auditor-General on prescribed statutory corporations for the year ended 30 June 1988. Mr COULTER (Leader of Government Business): Mr Speaker, I move that the report be printed. Motion agreed to. 5381

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