Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1985)
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DEBATES - \\1ednesday 27 February 1985 Mr Speaker, this bill proposes to make it an offence for a person, other than the holder of a fishing licence, to have in his possession a gill-net, which is not a new provision under the Fish and Fisheries Act. However, this amendment aims at omitting a defence available under the existing act. Under the present provisions of the act, it is almost impossible to obtain a conviction for the illegal possession of a gill-net as the defence provision is too broad and, at the very least, makes it difficult to establish that a person was intending to commit an offence. The proposed amendment is specific in its provisions. Sellers, makers and repairers of gill-nets registered with the Fisheries Division will be exempt from this provision. The Director of Fisheries may, in writing, grant exemptions for persons required to have a gill-net in his possession. Such requests may be made in writing or by radio or telephone message and approval given at the time followed by written approval. Such provision will be useful in cases of urgency where a licensed fisherman may arrange the immediate delivery of a gill-net to replace one lost or damaged at sea. It has become obvious that unlicensed p~rsons are purchasing gill-nets and it can only be assumed that such gill-nets are destined for illegal use. This amendment will greatly assist in stopping this practice. Generally, the bill is designed to improve the management and protection of the Northern TerritorY'fisheries resources and I commend it to honourable members. Debate adjourned. FLAG AND EMBLEM BILL (Serial 96) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr TUXWORTH (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. The primary intention of this bill is to set out comprehensively, both by description and reproduction, the official arms and flag of the Northern Territory. The legislation will provide for public information, an authority for written description and an exact reproduction of the arms and the flag. In this respect, I draw particular attention to schedules 1 to 4 which set out, both by description and reproduction, the arms and the flag of the,Territory. Although the r.eproductions in the bill are in black and white, it is intended that the arms and flag will be shown in colour when the act is promulgated. This Assembly will be aware that there is widespread reproduction of the Territory flag for advertising, tourist sales and wearing apparel. Mr Speaker, I expect that these uses will continue. Indeed, the flag and various Territory emblems are of great promotional value to the Territory, particularly in the tourist industry. My government actively encourages the extension of their use. For this reason, the bill contains no restrictions on the use of the Territory flag. Mr Speaker, clause 6 provides that the only purposes for which the arms of the Territory may be used are for Territory government purposes or bona fide educational purposes within the Territory. I am sure that honourable members will agree that the use of the Territory arms for nonofficial purposes, with all the attendant dangers of unauthorised persons insinuating that they officially represent the Territory in some way, should not be permitted. 47
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