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Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018



Debates Day 5 - 31 October 2018

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DEBATES Wednesday 31 October 2018 4812 away for the public servants. There are plenty of other sites like this in the Territory. The NT is not short of vacant land. One option is near the Holtze prison. I say near, not within or next to. The recommendation of the royal commission was that the new centre not be located on or in close proximity to adult centres. This was based on the oral opinion of Keith Hamburger. I have also heard that building a juvenile centre next to an adult gaol is like building a primary school next to a secondary schoola clear progression. I have not found any research to suggest that a facility down the road from an adult facility, with no line of sight or other connection, could not be an appropriate site. There would be no progression. There would be two separate facilities built in an area where they have no detrimental effect on businesses. A location inside or next to an adult facility may very well institutionalise the facilities and take away from the therapeutic outcomes. A separate facility a kilometre down the road, I argue, would not. Another option would be near a Defence Force base. The discipline and training offered on-base would be perfect for young offenders. The facilities are all theremess halls, exercise facilities, positive role models in the officer class, and talk about progression from a life of crime to a life of service in the Australian Defence Force. There may be issues with Defence land use. However, I think this should be explored. I will briefly mention Alice Springs. At the Menzies School of Health Research last Friday, former Royal Commissioner Margaret White stated that it was her fervent hope that the centres would be closed soon. I can understand Her Honours frustration when a site has not even been chosen for Alice Springs. You have stated in Question Time that you are working with Desert Knowledge Australia. However, Desert Knowledge Australia has not heard from you in months. Where are you putting the new centre? The Chief Minister has stated that it is possible to draw up designs despite a site not having been chosen. If this is the case, the design for Pinelands will be applicable elsewhere. So, why are we not using that? Proposed road changes in Pinelands will ruin businesses. Turning service roads into one-way streets will be devastating for the businesses on these roads. One local businessman said that the ramifications to the businesses on the Stuart Highway who will lose direct access to the Stuart Highway are immeasurable. This issue in Pinelands is very serious for businesses on the service roads. They have not been consulted and their livelihoods have been put on the line. I urge the government to reconsider changing the roads into cul-de-sacs. In typical Labor fashion, all the responsible ministers can do is throw mud backwards to a government that has not been in power for over two years. They are arrogant and incompetent. The minister continually says that she inherited a broken system. Territorians are living through a broken government that breaks promise after promise. Open and transparent, consultative, based on sciencewhat a load of rubbish! Mr MILLS (Blain): Mr Deputy Speaker, I support the motion put forward by the Member for Nelson. I commend the Member for Nelson for the excellent research he has put behind his comments, which should be instructive and useful to government and other members. The Member for Nelson and I, who have been here for some time, have talked about this matter over a very long time. We are on the same page. In fact, I think we are all on the same page in what the facility should do. I do not need to go further on that because I went to Menzies Oration on Friday night and heard the commissioners give their address. It was impressive and inspirational. As the previous speaker indicated, there was some frustration. The need is great; the need for action is even greater. It is all there, but the art of politics is the art of persuading and bringing people with you. I go back to a little while ago, when the Labor government came to office. It was clear there needed to be a change in the way people thought and felt regarding government. Labor members were presented with a great opportunity and they walked right into it. It was an opportunity to do something new, give people a sense that they have good reason to deal with the cynicism that we all have about how politics is conducted. I do not know why it is. It is almost that they have some kind of death wish to embark on a course without bringing the community with them, and then impose an idea even if there is pushback from the community. Members of the community have authentic voices. For them to believe in, trust and reason with the

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