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Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017

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Title

Questions Day 1 - Tuesday 21 November 2017

Other title

Parliamentary Record 9

Collection

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

Date

2017-11-21

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Questions

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/292348

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/398864

Page content

QUESTIONS Tuesday 21 November 2017 540 National Road Transport Hall of Fame Mrs LAMBLEY to CHIEF MINISTER As we speak, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame, based in Alice Springs, is making plans to pack up and move interstate. Yes, the National Road Transport Hall of Fame is leaving town. It is doing so for two reasons. One is crime. It has been battered by crime over the last 12 months, on average twice a week. The second reason is the Northern Territory Department of Trade, Business and Innovation has threatened to close it down due to senseless red tape and bureaucracy gone mad. Through an inability to control crime in Alice Springs and red tape gone mad, your government is destroying the iconic National Road Transport Hall of Fame and the economy of Alice Springs. What will you do, Chief Minister? ANSWER Madam Speaker, as the Member for Araluen may be aware, we have in place an eight-week summer action plan. We put $250 000 towards it. This week we have pulled forward Operation Shulton to commence early. We did that in consultation with Territory Families and youth engagement officers to make sure we respond prior to the holiday period commencing. There are some concerns about increasing activity at the moment. We want to make sure we are more responsive than what we had planned. We have the eight-week action plan ready to go, which is longer than the six-week holiday period, so we made a plan which is longer than the summer holidays. We commenced the police operations early to make sure we are responsive to the concerns people have in Alice Springs. There are seven new police officers starting in December in Alice Springs from the recruit squad that graduates on 1 December. Early next year we will have, for the first time ever, a recruit training squad in Alice Springs. The people we are recruiting, experienced police, know they will be training in Alice Springs in the Southern Command. It is deliberately timed at the start of the first school term to make sure they are prepared to settle in Alice Springs, know exactly where they are working and are trained in the community they will be living in and representing, which is excellent. There will be 30 extra police for Alice Springs then and seven in December, the most comprehensive action plan ever done. Those are not my words; they are from the Chamber of Commerce in Alice Springs. This is the best initiative for street kids the Chamber of Commerce has seen in the decade it has been there. We have plans in place for Alice Springs over the summer period. We have commenced some of those plans early Mrs LAMBLEY: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 110: relevance. The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation is threatening to close the National Road Transport Hall of Fame down. What will you do about it? Mr GUNNER: I will follow up on that accusation because in all my meetings with the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation, they have not once said they are closing down the National Road Transport Hall of Fame. I will discuss it with them and I am sure if there is a basic red tape issue we can fix it. The Deputy Chief Minister is indicating that she is more than happy to meet with the transport hall of fame on these issues. I will follow up on any red tape issues with the Department of Trade, Business and Innovation. I think sometimes the Member for Araluen needs to come forward and talk with us because we can always work through these issues. Madam SPEAKER: Chief Minister, your time has expired.


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