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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 9 May 2017

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Parliamentary Record 5


Debates for 13th Assembly 2016 - 2018; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




pp 1623 to 1686


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DEBATES Tuesday 9 May 2017 1623 Madam Speaker Purick took the Chair at 10 am. SPEAKERS STATEMENT Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week Madam SPEAKER: Honourable members, paper bags have been placed on your desk, containing material relating to the Yellow Ribbon National Road Safety Week, which is 8 to 14 May. Each year nearly 50 people are killed and around 530 seriously injured on Northern Territory roads. This Yellow Ribbon campaign provides an opportunity to remember those who have tragically lost their lives on our roads and to raise awareness about road safety. Apart from driving safely, I encourage you to show your support by wearing the yellow lapel ribbon and by spreading the message to families and peers by using #SlowDownNT on social media. JUSTICE AND OTHER LEGISLATION AMENDMENT (AUSTRALIAN CRIME COMMISSION) BILL (Serial 12) Continued from 30 November 2016. Mrs FINOCCHIARO (Spillett): Madam Speaker, as Australias national criminal intelligence agency, the Australian Crime Commission, now known as the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, or ACIC, plays an indispensable role in uncovering, understanding and ultimately responding to organised crime in the Territory and the rest of the country. The Territorys partnership with the ACIC is a vital part of enhancing local law enforcement ability to respond in a timely and efficient manner to emerging criminal risks in the Territory. Intelligence gathered at the national level by the ACIC helps keep Territory law enforcement apprised of high-risk criminal networks operating in the Territory and provides tools to manage those risks. Among other things, the information and assistance of the ACIC supports law enforcement investigations and informs the development of law enforcement strategies to combat emerging drug and crime networks. The current bill is part of the evolution of the important intelligence-gathering and sharing role the ACIC performs. In 2015 the federal government announced the organisation, formally known as CrimTrac, would be merged with the Australian Crime Commission, forming the new ACIC. This process was completed on 1 July 2016. CrimTrac was originally formed in 1990 as an agency within the Commonwealth Attorney-Generals department and was responsible for developing and maintaining the national information sharing services between state, territory and federal law enforcement agencies. In particular, CrimTrac services allowed Australias nine police agencies to seamlessly share information in order to provide enhanced investigation and interdiction outcomes. CrimTrac served as an essential component of a national policing strategy which minimises the ability of individual criminals and criminal organisations to exploit borders in order to avoid detection or obfuscate their activities. Information sharing lies at the heart of modern law enforcement, and CrimTrac has directly contributed to the effectiveness and efficiency of law enforcement in the Territory and across Australia. Among other things, CrimTrac was responsible for the sharing of information through a number of technological systems. Among these are the National Automated Fingerprint Identification System and the National Criminal Investigation DNA Database. The NAFIS allows for real-time uploads of finger and palm prints to a database matching system utilised by police in allowing for quick identification of suspects. Similarly the NCIDD allows police to match DNA profiles across state and territory boundaries, utilising samples collected at crime scenes from offenders, suspects and others. Hundreds of thousands of such searches are conducted each year and provide a valuable tool to police and law enforcement. CrimTrac also maintained a number of other systems used in law enforcement, including the Child Exploitation Tracking System, which helps to identify victims of child sexual abuse; the National Child Offender System, which enhances child protection by sharing information about registered persons; and the National Police Checking Service, which provides information on the integrity of individuals placed in positions of trust in the community.

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