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Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003



Debates Day 3 - Thursday 19 June 2003

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Parliamentary Record 13


Debates for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005




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DEBATES - Thursday 19 June 2003 I have said enough with regard to the position of the Leader of the Opposition and the member for Goyder. I have said what I have had to say about our part regarding our position at COAG and in the Federation. Any historic reading of this debate tonight will show the hypocrisy of the opposition on this issue. This is a genuine attempt by this government, working constructively with the peak body in the Northern Territory, the Northern Territory Shooters Council. I would like to pay my compliments and convey my thanks to that representative body; they have been very easy to work with. They have been absolutely committed to making sine we get the best possible outcome here. We have worked with them to ensure the best possible outcome under the circumstances. I can advise that, with the police working with the sporting shooters clubs to put the new regime into place, clubs are not going to be out on a limb having to work this out themselves. The police, through the Firearms Unit, will be working with those clubs and we will see this uniform regime across the Northern Territory. It gives me no great pleasure to bring this legislation here this evening. I acknowledge that passions run high in this area but, at the end of the day, let us not forget whose agenda this is - the Liberal Prime Minister of Australia, one John Winston Howard. Motion agreed to; bill read a second time. In committee: Clauses 1 to 11, by leave, taken together and agreed to. Clause 12: M r HENDERSON: Mr Chairman, I move amendment 42.1. Under clause 12, in proposed section 15B(3) and (4), omit the whole subsection and substitute: (3) Subsection (2)(c ) does not apply in relation to a person who, at the time of applying for a category H sports shooters licence, is the holder o f (a) a category H sports shooters the genuine reason o f sports shooting; or (c) a corresponding licence. The purpose of moving this is to delete the fingerprint requirement. Amendment agreed to. Mr HENDERSON: Mr Chairman, I move amendment 42.2. In proposed section 15C(a) omit the whole paragraph and substitute: (a) the only firearms that can be registered under the licence are prescribed firearms; The proposed section was intended to provide that the holder of a category H sport shooters licence could only register prescribed firearms. This amendment clarifies that intention using simple language. Mr BURKE: Minister, in your wrap-up, you said that .45 mm calibre was allowed in the Northern Territory for two classifications of shooting but not for the practical shooting classes, the three exempt categories. You cannot use .45 mm? Mr HENDERSON: Yes. Mr BURKE: But you can use .45 mm in the two allowed categories? Mr HENDERSON: In the two allowed categories. Mr BURKE: Can you tell me what are the prescribed weapons that are allowed in that category? Mr HENDERSON: The prescribed? Mr BURKE: What are the prescribed weapons in those two categories? Mr HENDERSON: Yes. What will be allowed or prescribed are single or western action and metallic silhouette. Mr BURKE: That is it? No other? licence; Mr HENDERSON: That is it. (b) a shooters licence authorising Amendment agreed to. the possession and use o f a category H firearm that was Clause 12, as amended, agreed to. granted for (or partially for) 4428

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