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Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012



Debates Day 4 - Tuesday 30 October 2012

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DEBATES Tuesday 30 October 2012 245 awarded that medal. He had already been in the job 27 years when I joined the police force. Saus played an active part in the Retired Police Association of the Northern Territory and was recently responsible for producing the Citation magazine in partnership with Peter Simon. As a former Territory police officer, I had the privilege to meet Saus. He was well respected and much liked by his former colleagues. As the member for Port Darwin pointed out earlier, he was always an imposing figure to us junior constables - a little headmaster-like, perhaps. With that said, junior constables in those days knew their place. This is why I probably did not know Saus very well. You did not fraternise much with brass, you tended to stay on the ground floor of the Alice Springs Police Station and not venture upstairs too often unless you had a good reason to be there. Like all Territory police officers, and many of them are notable, Saus was amongst those who achieved some amazing results under very trying circumstances. There are stories you hear about some of the well-respected police officers in the Territory. I was never part of this story but I heard it enough times to think it had some creditability: Apparently, Saus had gone away to do a course in police management. When he came back he was talking with his colleagues in the commissioned officer ranks and was asked if what he learnt at the course would benefit the other police officers around him and the people who worked for him. He was reputed to have replied, I am not going to waste that stuff on those so-and-sos. As I analysed that, I do not know that Saus did not intend to share it with us. I do not think he needed to because of his management style and the person he was; he was able to manage the police officers and resources around him and deal with day-to-day policing without having to go to the books because he was a police officer who had come through the ranks. He had done the hard yards and he was able to bring that level of capability and capacity into the role he had as a senior police officer. I express my condolences to Saus family. His contribution to the Northern Territory police will be remembered for a long, long time. Mr STYLES (Sanderson): Madam Speaker. I rise today to add to what has been said about a great Territorian, Saus Grant APM. I arrived in Darwin to join the police force in 1981 and for me, as it was for my former colleagues the members for Port Darwin and Katherine, Saus Grants reputation preceded him. He was always known as a fair man and one came to find he was very highly regarded and revered by other police officers who had been here for some time. He was a great leader of men and a great role model. He and his wife, Norma, have raised three fantastic sons who provide a great contribution not only to the Territory but to the Australian community. Saus was one of those guys who got the job done. One of the quiet achievers who did not need to scream and shout; wherever he moved, things happened and the job was done. One of the most important things he did was look after the troops. We always hear these days that people in management roles do not necessarily look after their employees, but Saus Grant was one of those people who really did a fantastic job. He cared and he demonstrated that in so many different ways. I recall during the most tragic time of my life when my wife was suffering from cancer, Saus Grant was there on a regular basis to check on how I and my family were going. He turned up time and time again, quietly, with a supporting hand on your shoulder. That is something I will carry for the rest of my life. The measure of a police officer is not necessarily the laws they uphold, it is the way they do it. It is the care and compassion people show when they look after people and have to apply the law. Saus Grants legacy to all those he touched on his journey is why he is held in such high esteem by all members of the Territory Police Force. He has obviously transferred that to his family and to so many other police officers. That is probably one of the reasons the Northern Territory Police Force is one of the most highly regarded police forces, not only in Australia, but in the world. It is because of people like Saus - the way he trained police officers, and through his role modelling that we enjoy one of the best police forces in the world. As a sign of respect, members stood for a minutes silence. Madam SPEAKER: On behalf of honourable members, I also pass on my sincere condolences to Mrs Norma Grant and the Grant family on the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, colleague and friend. May you receive some comfort from the generous and kinds words that have been expressed today by members of this parliament. Motion agreed to. STATEMENT BY TREASURER Power and Water Corporation Board Mr ELFERINK (Leader of Government Business): Madam Speaker, we realise that

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