Territory Stories

Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 17 May 1995

Other title

Parliamentary Record 10


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




Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory





Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication


File type



Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory



Parent handle


Citation address


Page content

DEBATES - Wednesday 17 May 1995 times of peak demand or to implement particular programs. Staff employed under this program will be empowered to address antisocial behaviour of the kind that I have outlined. To achieve commonality and recognition of the service across the Territory, staff will be uniformed and vehicles prominently identified. It is important that those people who travel regularly between communities and the major centres leam to recognise this program and understand its role. No apology is made for the fact that the program will be highly visible, interventionist and will serve to enforce community values. To date, public drinkers have not been challenged consistently for their behaviour, and police may become involved only when serious crimes, such as bashings, rape or murder, have been committed. This situation has allowed public drinkers to continue their activities with a false sense of security while, at the same time, imposing unfairly on the broader community. It is fair to say that some of these people may not even be aware that they have breached accepted community standards. However, it is the intention of this program to reverse this trend. The program will complement, not replace, existing activities of local government councils or Aboriginal organisations. With the introduction of the program, other forms of antisocial behaviour will also be targeted, such as that in Darwin where drug addicts continue to discard used syringes, thereby threatening the health of others. While this may not be a specific problem elsewhere, it has achieved great notoriety in Darwin where used syringes have been dumped in parks, public toilets and even adjacent to child-care facilities within easy reach of young children. This type of antisocial behaviour is not acceptable and will also receive more attention under the program. Those drug addicts and itinerants who bring their antisocial behaviour from the southern states to the Territory will be confronted over their activity. Given the nature of their tasks, the officers employed under this program will be required to undergo specialist training to enable them to undertake the more difficult and sensitive aspects of their work. Staff in the program will be selected especially for their maturity, experience, knowledge of law enforcement issues and cultural awareness ... Mr Perron: And size? Mr REED: And size! It is intended that Aboriginal people will play an important role in the implementation of the program. The success of this new initiative will depend largely on Aboriginal cooperation and support. To promote this initiative and to encourage Aboriginal participation, I have written to the major Aboriginal organisations in the Territory outlining this initiative and seeking their support. Only last week, I approved the provision of more than $225 000 to a number of Aboriginal organisations to further expand night and community patrols and other alcohol programs. The work of the night patrols will be complemented by this new program by its attempting to influence drinking patterns among public drinkers during daylight hours. The program also will involve the supervision of people serving community service orders and providing prison labour in community clean-up projects. While those serving community service orders and some prisoners are used already in liquor clean-up projects, opportunities will exist under this scheme to provide an improved supervisory body for those workers. 3217