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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

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Parliamentary Record 10


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stirling: You have never visited them, have you? Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stirling: And the Minister for Health and Community Services never visits the hospital. Mr SPEAKER: Order! I warn the member for Nhulunbuy. Mr MANZIE: Mr Speaker, I think it is the aluminium in the water. We have heard such outbursts from him previously. His outbursts are very similar to those we heard from the previous member for Nhulunbuy. However, we are used to it. I am sure that he will continue in that same intelligent vein and I am equally sure that his colleagues appreciate his highly intelligent inteijections. He is another member who does not appreciate that people have to play some part in controlling their own behaviour. Parents have a responsibility to ensure that their children behave in a socially acceptable way. Some adults need to pay more attention to their role as providers for their families. Prevention of the abuse of alcohol and of kava is something that requires self-discipline as well as assistance from health authorities, support groups and the enforcement of law. The whole process requires a multi-faceted approach by many different groups in our community, including government agencies, volunteer agencies and politicians. The contribution from honourable members opposite does not bode well for our presenting a united approach in this area. I believe it is pretty pitiful that members should try to score political points on an issue such as this. This problem requires progressive thinking. We are a long way from the next election and, if honourable members began to think clearly about their responsibilities to the community, as opposed to screaming and yelling like deranged fools, we would achieve a great deal more. Certainly, I urge honourable members not to dismiss either innovative processes of this kind or the wishes of people in communities. From my discussions with Aboriginal people, I can say that they are adamant that this problem cannot be solved by police, by individuals or by Aboriginal community councils alone. In Alice Springs in particular, they feel strongly that, if everyone cooperates in trying to solve the problem, we may make some headway. I am very keen to ensure that we make an attempt to do that and I ask members opposite to support the aspirations of people in the community and also of the minister who is taking steps for the benefit of the Territory community as a whole. Mr Speaker, I support the statement. Mr LANHUPUY (Arnhem): Mr Speaker, my comments on the statement will be brief. I support some of the funding initiatives that he indicated in his statement this morning. He said that he will inject funds into organisations such as Julalikari, Tangentyere and the night patrol in Katherine to enable them to combat these difficulties and the alcohol abuse that the parliament has become very much aware of. The Sessional Committee on Use and Abuse of Alcohol by the Community has done a marvellous job in monitoring the situation throughout the Northern Territory. It has gained experience in consultation with a whole range of people throughout the Northern Territory. I would have thought that, as part of its ongoing process of consultation, this would be a task which the community might consider suitable for the sessional committee. The committee is able to draw on the expertise of the Alcohol Policy 3238