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Committee of Privileges Report on Referral Regarding a Statement by the Member for Blain



Committee of Privileges Report on Referral Regarding a Statement by the Member for Blain

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Daily Hansard - Wednesday 17 February 2021 - Meeting N0 9 electorate office is and where I live-there is Barunga School; Wugularr or Beswick School, which is still getting off the ground; Bulman School, which has an amazing garden; Jilkminggan Minyerri Schools, which are new to the Am hem electorate; Urapunga School; and Ngukurr School. There are brilliant schools and projects out there. Member for Fong Lim, that is right! We are looking for the practical and theoretical sides to be melded together to provide life skills in remote parts of the Am hem electorate. I congratulate our electorate officer, Ms Jessie Hillen, who is now on maternity leave after havin her third son. He was the first baby born in Katherine on New Year's Day. He was anticipated to arrive on New Year's Day and one of the first babies I have met that was born on the due date. Well done to Jessie, her minil , her partner Tyler and the proud big brothers Ziggy and Kade, who are smitten. His name is Silas William Aranui and he was born at 7 am at Katherine Hospital on New Year's Day 2021 SIIas weighed in at 102 pounds-4.66 kg in the metric system-which was the largest of the boys. He is a little Buddha baby and a moonface. He is very cute. He is six weeks old and is the same size as Ray-Ray in clothing. I bought him a gorgeous little Bluey top because I quite like watching that show with in daughter and my husband thought I had bought that for our daughter and I said, 'Actual I , that is for Silas. ' Ray-Ray is very happy to share her clothing; baby SIIas is an absolute pleasure. I am really missin Jessie but I am happy to say we have Mejina Davison doing the contract while Jessie is on maternity leave. Thank you, Me jina, for taking up the role in the Am hem Electorate Office. Congratulations Jessie and T Ier. Mr TURNER (Blain): Madam Speaker, I rise tonight to make a personal explanation about untrue rumours circulating online which concern me. It was not my intention to respond to untrue rumours and innuendo. There are untrue things said about every one of us every day. It is my view that online rumours should stay in the dark corners of the internet and not be dredged up in the parliament for theatre. To do otheiwise sets a very dangerous precedent for all of us. I have been speaking to the Chief Minister this week and I am grateful to him and my Caucus collea ues for their support, their view that untrue rumours should not be given public credibility and their desire to rotect my family from public embarrassment. But, the actions of the Leader of the Opposition in recent days and new media reports torii ht have left me with no other choice. The Leader of the Opposition has used her privileged position in this lace to take these untrue rumours about me and use them to impugn the character of my colleagues. I will not allow that to continue any longer. I have the Chief Minister's support in making this statement Regarding the private citizen at the centre of these rumours, whose personal information was alle edl stolen, any suggestion that I participated in an illegal activity is categorical Iy false. Regarding the alle edl stolen messages, I can confirm that this person and I have had a friendship in the past. I do not recall the details of every conversation. During this friendship we exchanged general conversation, banter, 'okes and some intimate conversation. I do not condone illegal activity and I do not participate in it. I accept there were aspects of our friendshi in the past that were not appropriate because they were too intimate. It was not illegal. It was consensual and respectful, but not appropriate. This is something I need to deal with and am dealing with privately with my family. I am not a perfect erson; nobody is and nobody in the parliament is. I have made mistakes in the past in my personal life, but the rumours and the allegations the Leader of the Opposition is peddling are just plain wrong and not true. I am deeply embarrassed by all of this and if that was the Leader of the Opposition's goal, she has succeeded. My family's private hurt is now public and if that was the Leader of the Opposition's goal, she has succeeded. A private citizen whose personal information was alleged Iy stolen has been left traumatised; if that was the Leader of the Opposition's goal, she has succeeded. Leader of the Opposition, I can only hope that this has been worth it for you. In my public life, I answer to the good people of the Blain electorate. I apologise to them for the distraction this has caused and I will work every day to keep earning their trust In my personal life, and for any personal failings, I answer to my family. I unreservedly apologise to them for the hurt and distress this has caused. I am fortunate to have their continued support and will work ever da 86

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