Questions Day 3 - Thursday 27 November 1997
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QUESTIONS - Thursday 27 November 1997 government councils in the Territory. It did not want them to establish community government councils and was working against them. The Northern Territory government initiated community government councils. Here he sits as the shadow spokesperson for community government and local government councils in the Territory. He is the hypocrite. It is like having Dracula in charge of the blood bank. Regulation of Security Industry M r MITCHELL to CHIEF MINISTER The Northern Territory governments scheme to regulate crowd controllers has now been fully implemented and appears to be working quite well. What plan does the government have for other sections of the industry? ANSWER Madam Speaker, this issue has been of some importance to this Chamber from time to time. People will recall the difficulties that were confronted by bouncers in the clubs and pubs. We now call them crowd controllers. The government introduced the Private Security Act on 29 December 1995 and, since 1 March 1996, crowd controllers have been required to be licensed under that act. No doubt members have paid some attention to the way this legislation has been working, because it was an issue that both sides of the House were concerned about. I recall participating in various debates. I think all members will concede that the standard of bouncers or crowd controllers, who now number more than 400 in the Territory, is far higher than it ever was. As local members, we often received complaints from constituents, particularly young constituents, about the unacceptable way in which they were being manhandled outside clubs or in pubs. We were all very determined to fix that. Sadly, we had to do it by way of regulation. The CLP administration does not automatically go down the path of regulation but, quite clearly, it was necessary in this case. The legislation was, of course, always intended to apply to other aspects of the security industry. I am pleased to advise that, as from 31 December this year, security firms will need to be licensed under the act. From 31 January next year, security officers, such as those people called mobile guards and static guards, will need to be licensed under this act. The reality is that some people work as crowd controllers as well as security guards or static guards. I know that the security industry has been vitally interested to know when and if we would proceed down that path. Whether other sectors of the security industry should be picked up by this legislation will be a matter for the Private Security Licensing Authority to review. May I revert to the member for Nhulunbuys earlier question? He held up a newspaper which told only a little of the story. He did not tell us that the person had also been convicted of trespass, and had been warned off the premises on a previous occasion. Once again, the member for Nhulunbuy has been caught out. He told us only a small part of the story. How is the syllabus going? Services To Yulara Residents Ms MARTIN to MINISTER for LOCAL GOVERNMENT Yesterday, the minister claimed that the legislation dissolving the Yulara Town Council guaranteed that services to Yulara residents would be permanently protected. Where in the bill is any guarantee of any nature provided to Yulara residents? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I think we have covered this adequately. The bill will come up later in these sittings and we will be able to go over all of this again and again. The commitment has been given by the government tha t... M r Stirling: Where? M r BALDWIN: We have been telling you ... Members inteijecting. Madam SPEAKER: Order! Let the minister continue with his answer. M r BALDWIN: Services will not be diminished. Heritage Conservation Legislation M r BAILEY to MINISTER for PLANNING Will he confirm leaked information that his department is preparing legislation to water down the Heritage Act? Will he confirm that he instructed his department to do this to make it easier for the government to demolish heritage buildings? 31
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