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Northern Territory ignored in Darwin Airport inquiry



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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

H O U S E O F R E P R E S E N T A T I V E S

B R U C E LLOYD, M.H.R. MEMBER FOR MURRAY SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT SHADOW MINISTER FOR AVIATION

P R E S S R E L E A S E

NORTHERN TERRITORY IGNORED IN DARWIN AIRPORT INQUIRY

The Department of Aviation inquiry into a new terminal for Darwin Airport is now presumably almost half way through its six month life and so far the views of the Northern Territory have been completely ignored.

Speaking from the National Party Parliamentary Seminar in Darwin and after conferring with Northern Territory Ministers Ian Tuxworth and Darryl Manzie, Bruce Lloyd, Shadow Minister for Aviation said that it was outrageous that the Northern Territory Government so far has been unable to even put its proposal to the inquiry.

As neither the Federal or Northern Territory Parliaments know the terms of the inquiry; its membership; its sub-committees; its real power and the role and co-operation of the Department of Defence, the Minister must now reveal these details and

the progress of the inquiry to restore confidence in that inquiry.

The Federal Minister, Peter Morris, must also require his committee as a matter of urgency to discuss the sensible and practical proposals of the Northern Territory.

Perhaps one of the real reasons for the lack of action on this inquiry is the low priority the Northern Territory is now receiving from the Federal Labor Government.

The sad result is that the Northern Territory and Darwin in particular, not only face an indefinite delay in the provision of an acceptable entry point for domestic and international travellers but even more frustrating, exclusion from the decision-making process.

DARWIN 4 June 1985

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