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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 placement, the title and the name o f the person that gave approval for placement, the name o f the senior juvenile justice officer in charge o f the shift. During the security isolation placement, the detainee is to have a face-to-face contact every 10 to 15 minutes whilst the detainee is awake at night. At night, when asleep, constant surveillance by camera and video will be maintained. If the detainee wakes during the night, face-to-face contacts must be re-established. All face-to-face checks are to be recorded in the security isolation unit journal, noting the time and conduct response o f the detainee. Immediately upon a placement in the security isolation unit, the video recorder must be set to record the cell in use for the entire period o f the placement. Night lighting in the security isolation unit in use is to be left on. Upon release from the security isolation unit, the detainee should return to the normal program. Further placement in the detainee's room will only be made upon request o f the detainee with a valid reason. A request for room placement will be noted in the case note and shall include time spent separated from other detainees. A detainee will not be placed in the security isolation for any period in excess o f 12 hours without the specific approval o f the superintendent o f the Don Dale Centre. The superintendent can only authorise a continuous security isolation placement up to a total o f 24 hours. For a longer placement, up to a maximum o f 72 continuous hours, the permission o f the Director o f Correctional Services is required. All movements o f the detainee in or out o f the cell during the security isolation placement must be recorded in the security isolation unit journal. Placements in the security isolation unit must be o f the shortest period that the situation warrants. I hope that those guidelines will relieve the difficulties that the member for Barkly has with that section of these amendments. I have tried to deal in the most positive way with requests for briefs from the member for Barkly and I thank her for her support. I am disappointed in the actions of the Leader of the Opposition and at his contribution - in effect, his lack of contribution - to this debate, particularly his reference to the meeting that was set up with the police. Believe me, Mr Speaker, it was a set-up. I had come to Darwin on the weekend, as I often do. I recollect that I travelled up on the Sunday. My office in Alice Springs received an invitation on the Monday morning for me to attend a meeting. The invitation from the Police Association in Alice Springs was hand delivered to my office. An officer walked in, dropped an envelope on the reception counter and walked out. When the envelope was opened, apparently it contained an invitation to attend a meeting. This was interesting actually because the invitation was dated some 3 days prior to my receiving it. Because I was in Darwin to attend a Cabinet meeting on the following day, the Tuesday, which was why I had come to Darwin in the first 3306