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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Mr Owen King pursuant to section 46B dated 3 December 2003



Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Mr Owen King pursuant to section 46B dated 3 December 2003

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people were taken into custody and 10 of those were under section 128. The bottom line is DASA needs to be open 7 days a week? --- Look, its my view that it the resources are available it should be open 7 days a week and they probably need at least another 15 beds to take the pressure off the watch-house. 40. I also quote Mr John Stirk (counsel for the Commission for Police) (transcript p .98): In terms of DASA funding, we obviously join with the often quoted statement that it is not the job of a policemen to be looking after people in protective custody, and obviously Assistant Commission Smith has give you some indications again as in Corbett that the number of beds need to be increased. The liquor restrictions in Alice Springs led to the sobering up shelter being open after 2 o clock on Monday, In the old days it wasnt open again until 2 o clock on Tuesday. One really doesnt understand the rocket science by which we accept that it needs to be open an extra day but somehow leave this 38 hour gap between midnight on Sunday and 2pm on Monday. I think all counts have indicated to Your Worship that that is an issue that ought to be put to the relevant authorities as a recommendation that it be open 7 days a week. In terms of the location of medical staff, obviously, on behalf of the Commissioner, the view is that if the primary and ideal port of call is for people to go through DASA, then obviously DASA ought to be funded to have - whether its a doctor, an aboriginal health worker or nurse, as part of their regime. 41. I also quote Mr Kim Kilvington (counsel for the family) (transcript p .96) MR KILVINGTON: I think that would be highly desirable and particularly, Your Worship, given the evidence - I wasnt aware of the extent to which police had to deal with the administration of this particular section of the Police Administration Act, but I cant imagine that the public would be very happy to find out that their police force is engaged to the extent of perhaps 70% of their resources 19

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