Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 10 October 2006
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DEBATES Tuesday 10 October 2006 3093 electric cars that the member for Casuarina promised is not there. As regards making sure NT Fleet has fuel efficient vehicles, what is most disgraceful is the way the Chief Minister has completely abandoned the issue of fuel prices in the Territory. As the Opposition Leader, she was strident about the cost of fuel in the Northern Territory when it was less than $1 per litre. However, in the last two or three years, when the price of fuel has been extremely high, she has done absolutely nothing apart from calling a consultant in to have a look at it, and then did nothing with it after that. That is the hypocrisy of this government; they say they are going to do something and they do not follow through. They complained about fuel prices when they were in opposition, and when in government they do absolutely nothing. Minister, I look forward to a real serious roll-out of fuel efficient vehicles Madam SPEAKER: Member for Greatorex, your time has expired. The overall time for ministerial reports has expired. Reports noted pursuant to Standing Orders. Mr Wood: Madam Speaker, could I ask if the Standing Orders Committee would look at the maximum time allowed for speakers be equivalent to the total time that is given to list the reports. That is what the problem is Madam SPEAKER: Member for Nelson, please resume your seat. That is a matter for the Standing Orders Committee. If you wish to, you can write to the Leader of Government Business on that matter. JUSTICE LEGISLATION AMENDMENT BILL (No 2) (Serial 68) Continued from 30 August 2006. Ms CARNEY (Opposition Leader): Madam Speaker, I will not take up all of the time allocated to me, but there are a number of points that need to be made in relation to this bill which, at first glance, looks impressive. Certainly, if one believes the high level of government spin, the average Territorian would believe that this is a good bill. Indeed, when I first glanced through it several weeks ago, I did not think there were too many difficulties with it. However, as we so often see with legislation brought into this Chamber by the government, once one scratches below the surface and does a reasonably thorough analysis, it is regularly demonstrated that the substance of the legislation does not match the spin and propaganda put out by the fifth floor; that is, the government floor of Parliament House. There are numerous examples of that and this is another one. Yesterday, I issued a media release and I will quote some parts of it because it highlights the difficulties with this legislation and, most importantly, the difference between the reality and the truth. I said in my media release yesterday: With overall crime in the Northern Territory shooting up by 11% It is actually just under 11% in the last year and more than a thousand assaults reported to police in the June quarter, we need action urgently. This legislation is not that action. Merely changing the name of an offence, for instance, from affray to violent disorder, brings the language into the 21st century, but leaves the law in the 19th century. I went on to say in my media release that cosmetic changes will not help residents who feel unsafe in their neighbourhoods after dark Mr STIRLING: A point of order, Madam Speaker. I just seek clarification that the member for Araluen is in fact referring to the Justice Legislation Amendment Bill (No 2). There are nine miscellaneous are you on gangs-related? Ms CARNEY: This is the sorry, Madam Speaker, forgive the informality, but Madam SPEAKER: Opposition Leader, just pause. Minister, could you just give a brief run down of what is in the bill. Mr STIRLING: This goes to nine justice portfolios - Associations Act, Commercial and Private Agents Act, Domestic Violence Act, Interpretation Act, Justices Act, Legal Aid Commission Act, Supreme Court Act, Unit Titles Act, and the Youth Justice Act. Ms Carney: It is the interpretation one? Mr STIRLING: Yes. Ms CARNEY: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I apologise unreservedly for that. I understood through the Whip or Whips and my office that we were dealing with this legislation this morning. Mr Stirling: Apologies for any misunderstanding. Ms CARNEY: Mea culpa, mea culpa. That makes it much more straightforward, Madam
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