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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 advise that, at this time, the Department of Law has not responded formally to the police, but I am advised informally that there appears to be no legal impediment to the police disclosing the information even now. It is a matter of policy which it is proposed will be discussed with the magistrates on 25 October to seek the magistrates' views on the police releasing information revealing the names of these juveniles. I am happy to let that process take its course. I am also happy to take a keen interest in this policy. I can see a very legitimate reason for the victims of crime having the ability to access the names of juveniles or indeed anybody against whom police are laying charges in regard to those crimes. However, there may be circumstances where it would be inappropriate to release that information. Whilst I cannot envisage them in my mind, I am prepared to accept advice on the subject. I will leave the matter there as far as a response to the honourable member is concerned. That is the latest situation. I am sure that she will pursue the question, and so shall I. The Attorney-General has spoken to me on the matter and I know that he is keenly interested in facilitating the ability of victims of crime to pursue compensation for damage and stolen items, be the offenders juveniles or otherwise, and it is this government's intention to try to assist them to do so. Mrs Padgham-Purich: What about the automatic order from the magistrate? Mr PERRON: You did not ask me about that. MINISTERIAL STATEMENT Women in Sport and Recreation Mr POOLE (Sport and Recreation): Mr Speaker, I rise to make a statement on a vitally important aspect of life in our society - namely women in sport and recreation in the Northern Territory. The purposes of this statement are twofold. Firstly, it is to announce fresh off the press the Northern Territory government's draft policy on women in sport and recreation. Through this policy, it is my intention to highlight the growing area of women's involvement in sporting or recreational activities in the Northern Territory and where this area is headed in the future. Secondly, it is to announce a bold initiative of this government as the first spin-off from the policy objectives. This initiative is a 'Celebration of Women in Sport and Recreation' which is planned for next year. This celebration will have 2 major themes: firstly, to recognise the many women who participate in sport and recreation in the Northern Territory; and, secondly, to encourage increased participation in sport and recreation whilst promoting a healthy lifestyle. The celebration will be a weekend event and activities will be held all over the Territory from Darwin to the remotest communities. The information and data gleaned from this weekend will give the Department of Sport and Recreation a solid base from which to define further strategies as part of the Northern Territory government's women in sport policy. I intend to go into further detail on both issues later in this statement. As we are all well aware, the Northern Territory has long been a place where sport has meant much more to our residents than it does to our southern neighbours. An old argument used to be that that was so because we were in the Territory and had nothing better to do. However, in recent times, through numerous surveys and studies, we have found that Territorians are an active group of people. This could not have been made clearer than 10 167

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