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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Parliamentary Record 21


Debates for 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 6th Assembly 1990 - 1994




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DEBATES - Thursday 21 October 1993 (b) is instructed to do so by a member of the police force having power under an act to apprehend the offender; or (c) believes on reasonable grounds that the offender is escaping from legal custody or aiding or abetting another person to escape from legal custody or avoiding apprehension by some person having authority to apprehend the offender in the circumstances of the case. A number of other provisions relate to the fact that, when a person is in custody under these circumstances, they are not to be questioned in relation to an offence other than by a member of the police force. There is also a proviso that, as soon as practicable after the person is arrested, that person should be delivered to a member of the police force and the Police Administration Act shall apply to, and in relation to, that person and the member as if the arrest had been made under that act. A person who is arrested under proposed subsection (2)(a) shall be held in custody only while the reason for the person's arrest as referred to in that paragraph continues. A person who is arrested under subsection (2)(a) shall be released immediately from custody where it becomes apparent that the person did not commit the offence for which the person was arrested. For the purposes of subsection (2)(a), the word 'offence' does not include a contravention of or failure to comply with an instrument of a legislative or administrative character. That latter provision appears in proposed subsection (7) which relates to by-laws etc - failure to register dogs and matters of that kind. Those are the types of matters that we want to exclude. I was stunned and amazed by the member for MacDonnell's attempt to prevent and argue against urgency for the passage of this bill and then to hear the Leader of the Opposition rise and contradict him. 1 welcome him saying that the opposition does not intend to oppose urgency for this. However, I must say that I believe that the Leader of the Opposition has shown that he has no confidence in the behaviour of the member for MacDonnell. I am sure he will take appropriate action. He is obliged to under the circumstances in which he has found himself tonight. I commend the bill to honourable members. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. In committee: Clauses 1 and 2 agreed to. Clause 3: Mr BELL: Mr Chairman, I have a series of questions about . . . Mr Finch: You have to move your amendment. Mr BELL: I will get around to the amendment. I do not have to move the amendment immediately. I point out, Mr Chairman, that it would probably help this process if the member for Leanyer left the Chamber. Members interjecting. Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! 10 231

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