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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 1625 Crime Commission (Northern Territory) Act and the Police Administration Act to remove references to CrimTrac and replace them with references to the Australian Crime Commission. It also makes provision in the latter act to recognise that arrangements made in regard to the sharing of database information via CrimTrac prior to 1 July 2016 are taken to now be in effect between the minister or Police Commissioner and the Australian Crime Commission. Additionally, the bill proposes amendments to remove references to the Federal Magistrates Court, an entity that has been abolished in favour of the Federal Circuit Court. The changes present no significant policy issues for the Territory Labor government, and all of us sitting here in the Chamber would be stunned if they ruffled any feathers. Legislative changes similar to what this government is aiming to achieve with the bill have already been adopted in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria, so it is simply a case of ensuring the administration of the NT's justice system is accurate, streamlined and reflects national best practice. What the Australian Crime Commission is delivering in facilitating an exchange of database information across jurisdictions shares a common value with what this government provided at-risk Territorians through the recently passed changes surrounding the mutual recognition of domestic violence orders, so it is important the NT's legislation accurately reflects the role it is playing. The steps taken in this bill are small, but they are nonetheless steps towards a rebuilt justice system that affords its administrators the powers to prosecute and protect Territorians in a fair, equitable and expedited manner. The proposed amendments need to be made, and these are hardly changes that will garner front-page headlines, but they go hand in hand with the Territory Labor government's overall vision of a transparent, accountable justice system that ensures some of the historical transgressions that have sullied the NT's reputation in recent times are never repeated. Madam Speaker, I support this bill and commend it to the House. Ms FYLES (Attorney-General and Justice): Madam Speaker, I thank the members for their contributions to this debate. This bill, although seeming very minor in nature, goes to the heart of some of the points made by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition regarding a safe community and making sure we resource our courts and police to do their job properly. I am very proud to be part of a government that last week announced $45m for a safer Territory. We will spend that on upgrading and replacing the NT Police Forces core policing system to improve public safety and scrutiny for all Territorians. The Police Real-time Online Management Information System will be replaced with a new system, which will improve the delivery of law enforcement and emergency services to our community. Our police have a very tough job to do on the front line, keeping Territorians safe every day. They work in very trying conditions. It is very hot at certain times of the year and very coldin Central Australiaat other times of the year. We need to give them the tools to do their job properly. This government is not only investing in Katherine, in emergency services, but we are investing in Palmerston with the new police station. We are investing in this system to help police do their job and provide them with the right resources. We are also making sure we give police the allocation of resources they need to do their job by delivering on the 120 extra police officers, which the former government failed to deliver for Territorians. This legislation is fairly minor in nature, but it talks to a point on community safety. We saw in the recent budget that $26m is allocated for the Palmerston police station. That will be an additional $11m for stage two on top of the $15m that was already fast-tracked late last year for stage one. It will mean the entire Palmerston police station is completed in one project, years earlier than planned. It will provide a 24-hour police station, offering round-the-clock police presence for the Palmerston community.