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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 is concerned. There is the question of the common law position and also the question of the statutory power that preceded the Criminal Code. I believe that we are entitled to an explanation from the Attorney-General about what the policy is in that regard. Mr Manzie: I am waiting for the amendment. Mr CHAIRMAN: It has not been moved. Mr EDE: Mr Chairman, I do not believe that I have had a satisfactory answer as yet to my question as to the situation of a police officer who has the arrested person delivered to him by the person who made the arrest. My understanding is that the police officer has to take the person into custody. If it transpires that the offence was not committed by that person, what safeguard is there for the police officer? The officer cannot require the arrester to hold the person whilst a check is made to determine whether an offence was committed although that is what they are trained to do. What is their situation if there is a wrongful arrest? Mr Perron: It is interesting that they did not raise it in the Cabinet submission proposing the action. Mr EDE: The Police Association is concerned about it. You should talk to it. Mr Perron: The police hierarchy has more resources to look at these sorts of things ... Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! Mr EDE: Perhaps there is a simple answer to it. I am raising it because the Police Association is concerned. We did not have a great deal of time on it. Mr Perron: Don't tell me they are actually talking to you now. Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! Mr EDE: I have been talking to the Police Association ever since I have had the shadow portfolio. I do not think there is any problem there. Mr Perron: Some of the talks are not very friendly though, are they? Mr CHAIRMAN: Order! Mr EDE: Mr Chairman, I protest. I have not had an unfriendly discussion with the Police Association yet. Mr Perron: They are so tactful. Mr EDE: I suggest, Mr Chairman, that the the Chief Minister should beware of attacking what various groups do. Sometimes they may not be telling him quite the same story that they have been telling me. Perhaps they have found that that is the way to get on the right side of the Chief Minister. The Chief Minister does not have too many friends and they may believe that he might warm to them if they behave as his friend. It is a serious point and one to which I believe the ordinary police on the beat, the members of the Police Association, deserve an answer. 10 234

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