Questions Day 2 - Wednesday 19 March 2014
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QUESTIONS Wednesday 19 March 2014 625 Do other jurisdictions try to mandate some sort of order whereby women cannot drink during their pregnancy, like we have with alcohol mandatory treatment? I do not know. We need to do this basic research and we need, as a government, to form our own position, but I look forward to hearing what the opposition thinks needs to be done in this growing and critical area of need in our community. Prison Transfers Mr HIGGINS to MINISTER for CORRECTIONAL SERVICES Can you please inform the House about plans for the transition from Darwin Correctional Centre at Berrimah to the new Darwin Correctional Precinct at Holtze when the planned handover takes place in July? ANSWER Madam Speaker, whether we like it or not, we have inherited the prison Mahal from the former government and we are destined to move into it. There is no doubt the new prison the edifice which has been built in the Howard Springs area is a substantial building and we will be moving into it on time. We pick up the keys on 1 July, and when those keys are handed over we will commence the process of moving into it. In May, we will go through the classification process with prisoners being moved into the new prison and establishing the methodologies by which those prisoners will be taken from the old to the new prison. Members would be mindful, while we have many prisoners on lower security classifications, we have prisoners who are on very high classifications. We will make sure those transfers are done in as secure a way as possible. We will receive assistance from other departments, including the Northern Territory Police Force, to enable us to get through the transitional process. We will try to keep the transitional process as brief as we can, but anticipate it will take eight or nine days to go through the process in its entirety. There is a cost impost on government to run two prisons simultaneously. For this reason we will seek to make the transfer of the prisons happen as quickly as we can. A risk assessment will be completed to ensure community safety is maintained through the process. I look forward to moving into the new prison, because the old prison has had its day. While I remain critical of the new prisons design, it is what it is and we will make the most of it. I commit, as does government, to the people of the Northern Territory we will bring about a prison regime focused on attending to prisoners needs, being mindful 99% of them will be returned back to the community and they might live next door to us. We want to turn out the best people we can. In answer to a question put to the Chief Minister earlier - and for some reason it did not come to me as the Minister for Public Employment - I have been discussing matters in Nhulunbuy for some time with the Commissioner for Public Employment. He has advised public servants in the Nhulunbuy area the review date for their employment will be extended from 31 March to 30 June to give agencies further time to assess their ongoing requirements. Crown Lease in Tennant Creek Mr McCARTHY to MINISTER for LANDS, PLANNING and the ENVIRONMENT Is it true you have granted a Crown lease for Lot 989 Standley Street, Tennant Creek to Barkly Group Holdings Pty Ltd, for the purpose of a minimarket, supermarket, automatic carwash, three manual carwash bays and caretakers residence for a total rental of $1500 per annum - approximately $30 per week? Is it true Barkly Group Holdings Pty Ltd directorship represents four members of the Country Liberal Party, including Jason Michael Newman, President of the CLP Barkly Branch, and Steven Mark Edgington, senior public servant, Director of Housing and Chief Ministers representative in the Tennant Creek office? Why are these CLP mates receiving a Crown lease, rather than purchasing this prime block of land at auction? ANSWER Madam Speaker, I appreciate the question. First, I will need to get back with the details because I do not believe one word of truth will come from the other side. Second, it is good to see people have the confidence in the Tennant Creek economy and want to invest there in the first place. In the years we had the member for Barkly as the minister for Lands and Planning, there was little evidence he did much for Tennant Creek or the Barkly region. When I took over as the minister for Lands and Planning, the hard work of the department looked like it had been gathering dust. There had been a lot of work in planning for the future of Tennant Creek Mr McCARTHY: A point of order, Madam Speaker! Standing Order 113: relevance. It is clear he will not answer the question. He may as well sit down.
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