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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 successful simply because the problem has been bigger than the resources that they have had available to them. This proposal will fully fund the employment of officers dedicated to addressing the very serious problem of antisocial behaviour on a regular basis. In fact, it has reached the stage where, as the member for Greatorex told us, the Alice Springs News published an editorial which stated: At 10 minutes past noon tomorrow, near the Wills Terrace footbridge in Alice Springs, several people will be committing offences. How do I know? Because it happens most days. Constituents of members of this Assembly are demanding that this problem receive some serious attention. This is a somewhat out-front and innovative proposal for addressing the problem but that is what is required. It is what the Living With Alcohol program has been all about - finding solutions to our own problems. There are no models elsewhere in the country that we can apply in the Northern Territory. Why? It is because no other government in Australia is committing the level of funding that this government is to alcohol problems in the community. No other government is developing programs to address the issue that we have been discussing today. I am pleased to say that we are obtaining some national recognition and also attention in that our programs are beginning to be implemented in the states. This program is not intended to replace the activities of the police nor the activities of Aboriginal organisations such as the night patrols etc. It is not intended to replace the activities of the town councils or the municipal inspectors. Mr Ede: The resources should be directed to the police and the night patrols. Mr REED: It will complement all of those activities. It will complement programs that are already operating. We will give it to the local councils, and not to the night patrols as the member for Stuart has suggested, because the councils have the ability to apply by-laws and can be empowered to enforce laws. That is what these officers will be doing. Night patrols do not do that. If the Leader of the Opposition cannot see that, I feel very sorry for him. Mr Ede: The police can do that. Mr REED: The police can do that. Some 30 minutes ago, I was interviewed on ABC radio. The representative of the Police Association, Sergeant Max Hill, was also on the radio. What did he say about it? He certainly was not too keen about police supervising the collection of litter. He did not think that was very good at all. Mr Ede: Who said they would? Mr REED: That is part of the duties in the proposal that I have outlined today. You are too blind to see that. Sergeant Hill thought that it long overdue that a levy of this kind should be applied to enable problems of this kind to be addressed. Senior police officers in Alice Springs also believe it is a good idea. They see the police have much higher priorities than the types of social issues we are discussing here, and consider that these duties would be performed more appropriately by the officers I described in my statement. It seems everyone can see the problem except members opposite, with the exception of the member for Amhem who does have the ability to think laterally. Perhaps he is closer to the problem and he sees the difficulty from both sides of the coin. We would like to think that the 3275

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