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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 Mrs Padgham-Purich: I bet you do, with the water gardens area. Mr SETTER: Many relate to the water gardens on an ongoing basis. When the Leader of the Opposition says that the police will be unhappy about this initiative, that goes simply to show how out of touch he is with police thinking, because the reality is that the police will be very happy about it. Mr Ede: I have talked to them and I have asked them. Mr SETTER: They will be very happy. Mr Ede: They are not. Mr SETTER: Do you think, Madam Deputy Speaker ... Mr Ede: They hit the roof. Mr SETTER: I am surprised that they even talk to you. Do you think they enjoy spending valuable time picking up drunks on the streets? I can assure you that they do not, because police officers want to do the type of work they were employed to do - that is, to address the real issues of crime in the community as opposed to wasting their time picking up the drunks and layabouts. I suggest you talk with them again. I do not know whom you spoke to, but talk to them again and I am quite sure that what I am saying will be confirmed to you. From the reaction that I have had, members of the public are delighted about this initiative because they are so browned off with what they have had to put up with over many years. The fact that something will to be done about it will really make them very happy indeed. Like all other members, I have travelled up and down the track and I am familiar with the problem that exists in Alice Springs. It is plain for all to see, particularly in the bed of the Todd River. On one occasion I saw a woman being assaulted. Both parties were totally drunk - stoned out of their brains. The police and the ambulance were called and the woman was taken to hospital. That type of thing happens regularly. About 12 months ago, a policewoman, who was assaulted in Tennant Creek, escaped her attackers by hiding under a car. She was set upon by a mob of drunken people late at night. When walking up the street in Katherine, one is likely to encounter similar incidents. I recall being with the Minister for Lands, Housing and Local Government when we were both on the Sessional Committee on Constitutional Development. We were talking to people about developing a constitution for the Northern Territory. There was one place where we were certain to find a group of people assembled together. At 9.45 am, before the pub opened at 10 am, you would find about 50 people standing outside the doors of the Katherine Hotel. We went in with them and had a beer. We spoke to them about constitutional development and passed around our brochures. That was at 10 am. What the place would be like at 4 pm or 5 pm or at night does not bear thinking about. It was horrendous. 3264