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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017



Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017

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Parliamentary Record 9


Questions for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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QUESTIONS Tuesday 21 November 2017 539 Going into our second budget, we are being up front about how we tackle these things. It is the first time a government has done this in decadeshave a proper conversation with Territorians about how we handle the second budget. This is something the CLP will struggle with because it never did this. It waited until budget day and it hurt people. We are saying, Let us talk about what we do and how we do it. The CLP scrapped first home buyer concessions without talking to anybody. It took away a concession. We are open to ideas. We are talking about it going into our second budget and want to talk to Territorians about what that is. Any politician who has been involved with parliament for any length of time has received a lot of free advice which says, Scrap every tax: stamp duty; payroll; pokies; MVR; or the lot. You very rarely get any advice about anything else. You have to pay for the schools and hospitals. We are asking what advice Territorians have about the status quo, how they want to shape it and how they would like to make changes in the Northern Territory. We are doing what the CLP could never do, which is have a proper conversation with Territorians about the revenue base in the Northern Territory and the right tax mix to drive investment in the NT. Royal Commission Recommendations Ms AH KIT to MINISTER for TERRITORY FAMILIES How will the governments response to the recommendations of the Royal Commission help to build a safer, fairer and stronger community? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the Member for Karama, who is as passionate about this issue as the rest of us on the team on this side of the House. I echo the Chief Ministers sentiments about taking responsibility for the failings of previous governments, including our own, and being part of a positive future for the Territorya Territory that is a safer and fairer place for our community, kids and families. The Royal Commission found: a system, which is meant to make the community safer, in fact made it more dangerous. It is a very clear message that we have to hear. A punitive approach does not work. This system failed not only the kids but our whole community. I thank the commissioners for taking a reasoned approach to the recommendations they have provided. There are 226, and we are working through them systematically. The focus is that we need a system that works. We had a system that was like a toolbox with one tool in itno options for police, the judiciary or child protection workers. We need to make sure we continue the reform process, which we have started strongly. We have $18.2m in youth diversion programs; we have undertaken procurement for bail accommodation and support programs in regional centres; and we have banned the use of restraint chairs within the youth detention centres, which is one of the best pieces of work I have done this year. It was a proud moment to make that change in a systemic way and be clear about how we expect young people in detention to be treated. We are continuing that work, but there is more legislative reform to do. We have agreed, in principle, to one act, which includes child protection and youth justice. That is one of the strong recommendations from the Royal Commission. We have also agreed to stronger independent oversight, which is important. That includes making sure the Childrens Commissioners role continues to be strengthened. This is a long haul. For too long we have tried to run a system that was stuck in one gear with only one option. We need a flexible, modern youth justice system in the Northern Territory.

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