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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 Mr CHAIRMAN: Please do not forget to move your amendment. Mr BELL: I will make a note of these, Mr Chairman, as we go through. I point out to the Attorney-General that the common law relates to serious crimes. In the quote that the Attorney-General cited, the power of a private person to arrest 'is limited to cases where treason or a felony has been actually committed or where there is ...' Mr Manzie: It is gone. It went a long time ago. Mr BELL: I point out that ... Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! Mr Manzie: He said he had read the Mildren judgment. He is wasting time. Mr BELL: You said you were going to let me put the questions on record. If you want to debate them as we proceed, I am quite happy to do that. Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! May I remind the honourable member that he has not moved his amendment. He has 5 minutes and I would hate to see him run out of time. Mr BELL: Mr Chairman, the Attorney-General will not stand up in committee to justify his bill and attempt to elucidate some of the issues. If I were asking trivial questions, he might be excused. As far as I am concerned ... Mr Reed interjecting. Mr BELL: For the benefit of the dodo from Katherine, I am simply ... Mr PERRON: A point of order, Mr Chairman! The comment directed to the member for Katherine was unparliamentary and offensive and the member should withdraw it. Mr BELL: I withdraw it unreservedly, Mr Chairman. As I say, for the benefit of the halfwit over there ... Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! I find that unparliamentary. I request the honourable member to withdraw. Mr BELL: Mr Chairman, I withdraw that as well. I am simply referring to the comments of the judge in the case that the Attorney-General referred to. I appreciate that the member for Katherine does not like to have objective debate in here and that the Attorney-General is not particularly interested in answering any of these questions. However, I believe that the parliament has the right to know the extent to which the government is seeking to include something like this common law principle. If a citizen's power to arrest for serious crimes is to be included, where exactly does the government intend to draw the line? Having had subsection (7) drawn to our attention, we are getting close to understanding what the Attorney-General means. It would be very helpful if the Attorney-General would actually tell us what is going on as far as that 10 233

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