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Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 25 February 1992



Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 25 February 1992

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Parliamentary Record 8


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 25 February 1992 Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The honourable minister will have an opportunity to comment later. Mr BAILEY: We asked those different organisations to come to a meeting to look at the issue and think about possible solutions to the problems that were being created by the youths in that kind of situation. The meeting was organised for early this year. By the time the meeting had been organised, it had been brought to my attention ... Mr Finch interjecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The minister will please cease his continual interjections and remain silent. Mr BAILEY: It was brought to my attention, about 3 or 4 days before the meeting was to be held, that the woman in the house concerned had moved to another location. I believe that she moved to the Millner area. As I had made quite clear . in my correspondence and at the meeting attended by the representatives of about 30 different organisations, the reason for the meeting was not the specific issue of the people who were staying at that house, but the concern that there appeared to be a significant problem related to youth who were predominantly Aboriginal and, in most cases, had problems with the law. At that meeting of a cross-section of most of the different agencies involved, the overwhelming comment by all who attended was that, currently, there is nothing in place to deal with those kinds of people. Mr Finch: You should have asked the surf club. They would have invited them down there. Mrs Padgham-Purich: To repair the damage. Mr BAILEY: I will make 2 comments about the surf club. It is quite clear that issues such as the occurrence at the surf club are of major concern to the community. There have been other ... Mr Finch interjecting. Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER: Order! The honourable member will direct his comments through the Chair. I want to discourage this running commentary. Mr BAILEY: What has happened in Western Australia and at the surf club have been major issues in the media during recent months. All are issues of major concern. In relation to the surf club, it is true that, from the reports in the media, residents of the house that I am referring to ... Mr Finch: Only 14? Mr BAILEY: ... were involved in the damage caused at the surf club. I am not disputing that. Nevertheless, concerns have also been expressed to me - and it was not reported in the media - that some 50 people entered the surf club premises. However, because the people whom the member for Leanyer refers to were present in the house, they were the only ones who were easily identifiable and were charged. Mr Finch interjecting. Mr BAILEY: The result is ... 3684

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