Falklands : Mr Bill Luxton's Motion for Adjournment Speech
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 28.10.2010 (Article Archived on 11.11.2010)
Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I would like to join my colleagues in welcoming our new Governor Hayward and his wife, Louise to the Islands. I hope they have a long and happy time here.
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY MOTION FOR ADJOURNMENT SPEECHES
The Hon Mr Bill Luxton:
Mr Speaker, Honourable members, I would like to join my colleagues in welcoming our new Governor Hayward and his wife, Louise to the Islands. I hope they have a long and happy time here. I gather heís a keen fisherman so I hope to see him on the Chartres River at some stage.
Itís really good to be home again for a long break. There is wonderful weather at the moment and it was wonderful when we got back but there was a nasty spell in the middle, which is why one of our colleagues is not here because heís out propping up the power lines and doing repairs at Fox Bay. There was some pretty horrendous damage around the Camp. And I would like to extend my sympathy to those people who really lost a great deal Ė polly-tunnels blowing away and gardens destroyed and a great deal of work and expenditure was gone in one gale. It really was horrendous.
It was good to be home. How do I know we are back in Camp Ė no phones, no internet, no radio? Nothing changes. The Camp telephone system is still shambolic so I look forward to talking to my colleague, Mr Sawle to see what we can achieve, if anything. I think there is a proposed telecommunications ordinance which was going to be a first step. I do hope we can eventually do something but weíve been here a year now and so far itís supposedly some improvement but itís not visible in Camp.
I would also like to congratulate MLA Sawle on his performance in Kenya at the CPA. I think he did very well there. I agree that we have to do our best to counteract the rabid, hysterical nonsense thatís coming out of Argentina at the moment and try to correct some of the untruths.
Just a couple of other small points: I am also pleased to see the consolidated service to Fox Bay for the Concordia Bay. That, again, was something we tried to set in motion almost a year ago. It took a long time. There were lots of objections along the way but we got our way in the end and I gather itís working very well. A lot of people are pleased to see it.
I would like to add my support to the Honourable Jan Cheek for what she said about the FIGO staff. I, too was talking to them in the course of booking my flight home. They are always un-feigningly helpful. They work very hard and I think it would be a splendid idea if we could bring the Falkland Islanders there back home to refresh and keep current so they donít lose contact with the place completely.
Mr Speaker, I support the Motion.
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