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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

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Title

Debates Day 3 - Thursday 21 October 1993

Other title

Parliamentary Record 21

Collection

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

Date

1993-10-21

Notes

Made available by the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Language

English

Subject

Debates

Publisher name

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

Place of publication

Darwin

File type

application/pdf

Use

Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

Copyright owner

Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory

License

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Parent handle

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/279555

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418727

Page content

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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