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Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

Details:

Title

Debates Day 2 - Wednesday 1 May 1991

Other title

Parliamentary Record 3

Collection

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

Date

1991-05-01

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/10070/279515

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/418775

Page content

DEBATES - Wednesday 1 May 1991 Bill agreed to. Real Property (Consequential Amendments) (Serial 21): Bill taken as a whole. See Minutes for amendment to schedule agreed to without debate. Bills passed remaining stages without debate. STATEMENT Mulholland Advice Re Northern Territory Investigations Paper Mr SPEAKER: Honourable members in accordance with the resolution of the Assembly of Tuesday 30 April 1991, I lay on the Table a further copy of the advice from Mr Robert Mulholland QC and Ms Roslyn Atkinson concerning Northern Territory investigations, from which certain matter has been deleted, together with a letter of advice from the Solicitor-General. Honourable members, copies of the sanitised advice will be available as soon as possible. I remind honourable members and the press and public that matters and names deleted from this further copy of the advice may not be published or mentioned in the Chamber, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly previously mentioned. MOTION Mulholland Advice Re Northern Territory Investigations Paper Mr PERRON (Chief Minister)(by leave): Mr Speaker, I move that: (1) This Assembly in accordance with the provisions of the Legislative Assembly (Powers and Privileges) Act, authorise the publication of the advice from Mr Robert Mulholland QC and Ms Roslyn Atkinson from which certain matter has been deleted; and (2) the paper be printed. Mr Speaker, in the last few days, members of the Assembly and now the public have been given access to the findings of the most comprehensive report ever carried out on the police force in the Northern Territory. A number of major points should be made at the very outset. The police themselves asked for the oversighting of the way they do business. The Northern Territory Police Force supplied the investigators who reported to Mr Bob Mulholland QC. The Police Commissioner, Mr Palmer, asked for such an investigation of his police force well before the media broke the story. In fact, a press release announcing the inquiry was issued the day before the sorry presentation of the alleged facts on the 7.30 Report. The involvement of Mr Mulholland QC, an eminent lawyer who worked as a special investigator with the Fitzgerald Inquiry into Police and Political Corruption in Queensland, was suggested by our Northern Territory Police Commissioner after serving officers, particularly in the Drug Squad, found themselves investigating their former associates following the raid on the Ferguson River drug plantation. The Police Commissioner was also concerned 877


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