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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994



Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 23 November 1994

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Parliamentary Record 6


Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997




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DEBATES - Wednesday 23 November 1994 The minister mentioned poisoning accidents and I aware that these do happen. Stupid people put liquids such as turpentine and kerosene in lolly-water bottles and leave them where children can drink them. That has happened frequently. Unfortunately, the child is not aware that it is poison and its sense o f smell is not well developed. The child thinks it is lolly water or something else that will be nice to drink, ingests it and is poisoned. There is nothing new about that. Those undesirable habits have been around for a long time. I believe that parents who do not look after their children in that regard are criminally negligent. I would like to see legislation introduced to make the parents pay, but probably it is a little late for that once the child has been poisoned. To return to the matter o f pool fencing, it is the responsibility o f parents to keep their children away from pools, not the responsibility o f the people who own the pools. The minister did not say that parents should always use baby capsules in vehicles or have fencing around their pools. He said that the suggestions included the use o f baby capsules and the fencing o f pools. He did not say that parents should always use baby capsules, that parents should ensure that fencing is around their pool and that parents should always watch children near water. M r Reed: I did say that. You did not listen! M rs PA D G H A M -PU R IC H : He did not say that at all. He did not address the problem. O f course you watch children near water, including in the bath, if you have any sense and if your child does not have any water sense. O f course you ensure that your children wear helmets when they are riding horses or bikes. M r Reed: You have to teach them respect for water and so on. M rs PA D G H A M -PU R IC H : I cannot understand the need to install smoke detectors. Is your child playing with matches and likely to start a fire? If so, you should not have left the matches where the child can take them to play with. Another suggestion is to dress children in fire-resistant clothing. In the southern states, it is quite usual for children wear cotton winceyette pyjamas in winter and sit near radiators. I know that often their pyjamas catch alight and that is doubly unfortunate because cotton winceyette is a fluffy material from which to make childrens pyjamas and nightgowns. However, I do not believe that is relevant up here. Another suggestion is to have an electrician install earth leakage circuit breakers in the family home. I do not know the reason for that unless it is because some parents are so negligent, weak or uncaring about their children that they cannot tell a child not to poke wire or hairclips into power points and turn them on. We do not need earth leakage circuit breakers. All we need is for the parents to have the courage to say no to their child when they go near one o f these points. Another suggestion is to place poisonous products in a cupboard with a child-resistant lock. I would probably agree with that. Sensible parents will store poisonous products where the child is unable to access them. Another suggestion is to get rid o f old products that are no longer in use. That could refer to anything. Another suggestion is to use door and stair barriers as needed. That is only commonsense and good parents should do that. A further hint is to lower the temperature o f hot water systems. I 1810

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