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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 SPEAKER: The Minister for Health and Community Services has a very slight point. However, I ask the member for MacDonnell to make his remarks relevant. Mr BELL: It is a very brief point, Mr Speaker. Mr Reed: Do not speak for me. Mr SPEAKER: Order! Mr BELL: Speak for you! Far be it from me to have the capacity to speak for the cesspit of a mind like yours. Mr SETTER: A point of order, Mr Speaker! I found those words offensive. The member should withdraw his reference to the member for Katherine. Mr SPEAKER: I do not find the terminology as used by the member for MacDonnell to be unparliamentary. However, I find that it very much lowers the tone of debate and there is no necessity for it. Mr BELL: Mr Speaker, I simply make the point that, if the Attorney-General or any other member of the government goes into the community and represents, either directly or by imputation, that I am opposed to the principle of citizen's arrest, I will be taking legal advice. That is the clear intention of the Attorney-General in processing the business of the Assembly in this way. I suggest to him that he should be very careful how he represents the opposition's contribution to this debate and my contribution in particular. Mr McCarthy: We must have wounded him somewhere along the way. Mr BELL: You have not wounded me at all. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss these issues. I also appreciate the application of standing order 178 to legislation to afford us the opportunity to consider legislation between sittings. My contribution in that regard is generally a constructive one and I am able to separate the policy issues from the nuts and bolts issues. There have been a number of occasions in the time that I have been in this Assembly on which I have contributed in that regard. I say merely that I misdoubt the motives of the Attorney-General in processing business in this way. I suggest that he should be very careful how he represents my views to people in the community. Mr PARISH (Millner): Mr Speaker, I will attempt to be brief. Honourable members will have noticed that I am relatively relaxed about this bill. I had been assuming until now, on the basis of the Attorney-General's explanation of new section 441(7), that regulatory offences are basically not caught. In other words, a person could not arrest another for crossing against a red light etc. I presume that is the intention. Frankly, I believe that there should be a power of arrest in relation to offences of even a relatively minor nature such as unlawful entry and so on. I do not have a problem with that, but I had assumed that speeding or walking against a red light would not be caught. However, the definition in the Interpretation Act of ' instrument of a legislative or administrative character' is as follows: '... includes written regulations, rules, by-laws, orders, determinations, proclamations, awards, documents and authorities made, granted or issued under a power conferred by an act'. In other words, it relates to subordinate legislation. 10 242

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