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Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 19 March 2014



Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 19 March 2014

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QUESTIONS Wednesday 19 March 2014 622 counterparts and spends as much time as he possibly can in the Alice. Ms Lawrie: The Chief Minister says there is no more crime in Alice; it is all sorted. Mr CONLAN: Crime has not completely dried up in Central Australia, Leader of the Opposition, but we have made incredible inroads in reducing crime and antisocial behaviour in the 18 months we have been in government. It was 11 years before we could finally boot out the Labor government and bring in a Country Liberals government which is serious about tackling the real concerns of the community in Central Australia: crime; law and order issues; and antisocial behaviour. You left us with a huge mess to clean up, which we are still cleaning up. Let us have a look at the 2013 and 2012 figures. I cannot make too fine a point on some of these figures, they are extraordinary. Comparing 2013 with 2012 in Alice Springs, we saw total property offences down by 31%, the lowest number in a calendar year since 2006. Property damage was down 34% and commercial break-ins down by 37%. I cannot tell you what these figures have done for the spirit of the community. People now feel they can live in their homes safely at night, without having someone jump the fence and break in to their back yard fridge or, worse still, into their home. Car theft and related offences were down 40%; house break-ins were down 33% and sexual assaults were down 22%. These are the figures the Country Liberals have delivered to the Central Australian community in 18 months. I will run through it again Mr VOWLES: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113: relevance. I am listening to the fine, disgraced member for Greatorex and I hope he will Madam SPEAKER: Withdraw that comment and sit down. There is no point of order. Mr VOWLES: I withdraw. Mr CONLAN: This gives me an opportunity to run through some of those figures once again, because the heart of the question was: what have we done in 18 months that Labor could not do in 11 years? You left a community reeling in a desperate state of disrepair when it came to law and order issues. I am proud to say the Country Liberals government has made incredible inroads to addressing those, to the extent total property offences are down 31%; property damages down 34%; commercial break-ins down 37%; car theft and related offences down 40%; house break-ins down 33%; and sexual assaults down 22%. The figures do not lie. They are the figures we delivered to the community of Central Australia, which you could not deliver after 11 years. The shadow minister for Central Australia lives in the Top End. When was the last time you visited Central Australia, shadow minister? It is a fascinating question. We have delivered for the Central Australian community, and we will continue to do so. FrogWatch Contract Termination Mr WOOD to MINISTER for PARKS and WILDLIFE You were asked a question about the FrogWatch contract on 10 October 2013 by the member for Nightcliff, to which you replied: this government did not cut the funding for FrogWatch. The contract was terminated by mutual agreement, effective 31 March 2013. I quote from a letter from Parks and Wildlife, 31 January 2013, which refers to a meeting on 11 January with department staff and FrogWatch, which says: As explained to you at that meeting, the recent change in government in the Northern Territory has resulted in new funding priorities for the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory Accordingly, the Commission is unable to continue the contract. Further on: The Territory hereby exercises its right pursuant to clause 2.25 of the Conditions of Contract, by service of this notice of intention to terminate upon FrogWatch. It is obvious FrogWatch did not terminate the agreement, Parks and Wildlife did. Will you please correct the record and tell parliament your department terminated the FrogWatch contract and apologise to FrogWatch for the incorrect statement? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I thank the member for Nelson for his question. I remind the House this government did not cut the funding. The contract was terminated by mutual agreement, effective 31 March 2013.

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