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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 It pays to have a reasonable memory in this job. My mind goes back to a lady who lives on Rocklands Drive. She phoned me a couple of years ago and said that she was almost desperate. Across from her house was open bushland and there was a large group of people there doing exactly what we have been talking about today. They were drinking. They were obnoxious. There was antisocial behaviour and bad language. They were defecating, fornicating, urinating and doing everything else in public that this lady did not want her little girl to see. On a number of occasions on preceding days, she had been in contact with her local member, the member for Wanguri. In desperation, she phoned my office because she thought she might get something done that way. At that time, I was also the Minister for Conservation. She asked if I would be able to assist her on this matter. We solved the problem. The people were moved on. That lady phoned back to my office and spoke to my staff. She said that she was extremely grateful to know that there was someone she could contact, albeit not her local member, who was able to solve her problem. That is the nub of the question here today. You have to do something if you are in government but, if you are in opposition, you need do nothing. Mr Ede: You are passing it to the councils! Mr REED: The Leader of the Oppositions contribution today was to repeat the cliche that, if the opposition were in government, they would be tough legislators and fix these problems. However, the moment a solution is waved in front of their noses that requires a tough decision, a little commitment, a measure of foresight and a preparedness to stand up in public and say they will do something, they are not to be seen for the dust. If honourable members opposite, and I speak ... Mr Ede inteijecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! Mr REED: I gave all honourable members the opportunity to contribute to this debate. If you want the courtesy of a response ... Mr Ede interjecting. Mr REED: ... you might show rather better manners than those you have been displaying, which have not been much better than the antisocial behaviour we have been talking about. With the exception of the member for Amhem, honourable members opposite spoke in opposition to these proposals. They have suggested that we are trying to off-load these problems on to local government councils. I would like them to explain to me why, when I spoke to them, the Mayors and Town Clerks in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, and Palmerston, and the Lord Mayor and Town Clerk in Darwin, not only were receptive to the proposals but visibly relieved that something is to be done. Town councils and the Darwin City Council have been trying to address this issue for a long time. They devoted extensive resources to it but without success. They have not been 3274