Page 2125 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 May 1991

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Wednesday, 29 May 1991


MR SPEAKER (Mr Prowse) took the chair at 10.30 am and read the prayer.

Ministerial Statement

MR KAINE (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement on the future of the Government.

Leave granted.

MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, for a year and a half there has been in place an Alliance Government governed under the terms of an accord which originally 10 members of this Assembly signed and agreed to. In recent months there have been increasing tensions within the Alliance in that some members of it have found difficulty holding to the Government's policy line on some issues. I think some of those have become obvious - the school sites issue, the casino, the lease tenure problems, and matters of that kind.

This morning the non-Residents Rally members of the Government met and passed a resolution to the effect that, in their opinion, they could no longer work in government with the members of the Residents Rally because members of that party have chosen to take a different track in terms of government policy and have declined to accept the normal impositions of being in government and holding to the policy line of the government. The resolution also concludes that the accord is now terminated and the Alliance is therefore also terminated.

An incident occurring in the gallery -


MR KAINE: Mr Speaker, there seems to be a misapprehension that because of that there will no longer be an Alliance Government in some other form. That is quite wrong. All that it means, Mr Speaker, is that the remaining two members of the Residents Rally, of the four original members of this Assembly, are no longer a part of the Government.

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