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Debates and Questions Day 2 - 8 May 2019



Debates and Questions Day 2 - 8 May 2019

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Parliamentary Record 19


Debates and Questions for 13th Assembly 2019 - 2020; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES AND QUESTIONS Wednesday 8 May 2019 6081 ANSWER Madam Speaker I will have to get clarification on that. I am unsure if that is the case. I had a briefing on it and understand that you need to read the application while you are at Water Resources. I presume that is the case. It is about confidentiality and people accessing that or having it emailed. I will have to get clarification, but my understanding is that you need to go in. An example from the Barkly is that a copy was emailed to Mr Wood: They gave me a copy. It had my name on it. They would not give it to anyone else. Ms LAWLER: All right. Yes, you can get copies then. I am a minister with a good memory, but when it comes to some of the nitty gritty and operational things I leave it the CEs and people in the agencies to manage the issues. I can get you clarification on that. Ms FYLES (Leader of Government Business): Madam Speaker, I ask that further questions be placed on the Written Question Paper. SPEAKERS STATEMENT Speaking in First Language in Chamber Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, pursuant to a resolution of the Assembly on 14 March 2019, the Member for Nhulunbuy has approached the Speaker for resources to permit him to speak in his first language in the Assembly. In providing the resources, I have allocated the advisers box on my left to the Aboriginal Interpreter Service staff on hand to facilitate the oral interpretation and translation into English. While normally it would be highly disorderly for a stranger in an advisers box to speak and be heard in the Assembly, the procedure endorsed by the Assembly on 14 March will, for these limited purposes, permit a stranger to assist a member with translation and/or interpretation if leave is granted. For this to occur, the member must seek leave of the Assembly to do so. Mr GUYULA (Nhulunbuy): Madam Speaker, I seek leave to speak in language and have my words interpreted as I make my contribution. Leave granted. MOTIONS Community-led Schools Mr GUYULA (Nhulunbuy): Madam Speaker, I move that this Assembly: urges government to discontinue its policy of using truancy officers to fine parents in communities where children have not attended school urges the government to implement its policy of community-led schools and work with community members to identify what barriers exist for children in attending schooland implement changes identified by communities to remove barriers to education for all children. Mr GUYULA (by leave): [The member spoke in Djambarrpuyngu.] The Interpreter: Madam Speaker, today I bring this motion to the Chamber because parents in the communities are being fined, and that is a failure. These fines have the capacity to result in criminal history and possible imprisonment. The issues of school attendance are complex. We want our children to attend school, but engagement is a problem for many reasons. Schools are foreign, they are not embedded in our culture. We are asking that Yolngu Aboriginal leaders are given authority. There must be more Aboriginal principals, teachers, senior teachers, linguists and production centre workers in all classrooms and regional offices.

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