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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 Ede inteijecting. Mr POOLE: The Leader of the Opposition was being blatantly dishonest by referring to a lack of facilities in central Australia. He would know, if he has listened to the debate, because I have said it 2 or 3 times, that a male and a female detention centre is being constructed in the grounds of the new Alice Springs Prison right now. Mr Ede: I told you where they are now. Mr POOLE: You did not tell me, because you do not know what you are talking about. Mr Ede inteijecting. Mr POOLE: The police lock-up is a facility that is used occasionally, and I have already said ... Mr Ede: You had juveniles there. Mr POOLE: It is used very occasionally, and usually for just one night. Mr Ede: There were 2 when I was there. Mr POOLE: They would have been there probably for no more than 24 hours. Mr Ede: I think it was longer than that. Mr POOLE: You were talking about a detention centre. They are using that as an overnight... Mr Ede: That is a legally-defined detention centre ... Mr POOLE: Of course, it is. They are using it as an overnight holding facility for the kids. That is all. They are building a brand new facility at the jail. What you are saying is arrant nonsense, and you know it to be nonsense. Mr Ede: It is not nonsense. Mr POOLE: It is absolute nonsense. They are building a brand new facility at the new jail, and you are well aware of that. You are playing politics and you are being theatrical. There is no real problem in Alice Springs. It is not an issue. Unfortunately, juveniles are held in police cells on Groote Eylandt, at Port Keats and all around the Northern Territory, on the very odd occasion and usually, if at all possible, for a period of less than 24 hours. Certainly, on occasion, they are held overnight until they are brought to the detention centre in Darwin. That is a fact of life. I wish it was unnecessary to have such a system but, with the dispersed population in the Northern Territory, there really is no alternative. 3302

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