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27 Northern Territory Police News October 2008 allowance and continued improvements in police housing. The final industrial issue I wish to address relates to the socalled front line policing rosters. Delegates would be aware that your Association is of the view that a recent email and broadcast relating to this so-called roster represents in our view a breach of the 2008 Consent Agreement. We are currently considering the response from the Commissioner of Police to matters we have raised. I take this opportunity to assure members we intend to make the Commissioner comply with the 2008 Consent Agreement and other agreements relating to rosters and consultation. Consultation means more then telling your employee here is your new roster. The one other issue that your Association pursued with the major political parties during the election campaign related to the NT Police Service Medal. Due to the changing nature of recruitment into the Northern Territory Police we have asked that the relevant legislation be amended to ensure that the Police Service Medal be awarded for 10 years service in the NT Police only. Mr Mills immediately committed to making the required amendments, however the Chief Minister has indicated the legislation will be reviewed following discussions with the Commissioner. Chief Minister I hope that your discussions are brief and that the appropriate amendments are made to the legislation as we have suggested. Before closing I do wish to acknowledge the improvements that have occurred in terms of police resources since 2001. There is no doubt that there has been a significant increase in police numbers and resources since 2001. While these were improvements that simply had to be made the Labor Government deserves credit for acting. Similarly, there have been many things achieved in industrial terms and in relation to legal aid for members. To list them all would make for a very long morning. We appreciate the Governments important role in delivering on these issues. Nothing was simply handed over, our Association and you the members had to make a case. So the challenge for the incoming government is to build on the achievements of the past seven years. To listen to the representative body of the sworn members of the NT Police Force, our Association. To act to ensure the police force is adequately staffed and resourced to safely fulfil our sworn role to serve and protect the Northern Territory community. To act to ensure that when doing their sworn duty our police and their families must be secure in the knowledge that when tragedy strikes they will be provided for by the best possible superannuation, work cover and legal assistance that is available. To act to create the industrial climate which attract the very best people and retains the very best police officers. In short the challenge is to act to ensure that Territory Police are Policing the Territory. Finally, I remind members that Sunday, August 3, 2008, marked the ninth anniversary of the murder of Glen Huitson. A small group of us commemorated the occasion and we are currently planning a more significant commemoration for the 2009 anniversary. I extend our sympathy to all members of the police family who have been killed on duty since we last gathered including most recently our New Zealand colleague, Sergeant Derek Michael Wootton. I also extend our deepest sympathy to the families of our own members, Aboriginal Community Police Officers Thomas Matthews and Bert Cubillo who passed away in the last 12 months. I now ask all delegates to stand and observe a minute silence for our deceased friends and colleagues. annual conference 2008

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