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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)


Debates for 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 5th Assembly 1987 - 1990




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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 the vi deo recordi ngs of confess i ona 1 evi dence. Most honourable members would be aware that the Territory pol ice make extensive use of video and audio recording techniques, particularly in relation to serious crime. The Chief Minister pointed out that, following a successful pilot program, the use of video recordings will be progressively made available to police in all areas of the Territory. A theme of the report is the need to educate the communi ty of the serious effects of violent crime, to educate people about its devastating effects on individuals and families and its detrimental effect on the community as a whole. I am sure that all honourable members would join with me in condemning violent crime in any form whatsoever. The Assembly certainly must set a lead in educating the next generation that violence at today's level cannot and must not be tolerated in our community. In concluding my remarks, I certainly welcome the report. Certainly, there is much in it to provoke community debate. I encourage debate because it is only with community involvement that major problems in our society, such as violence, can be effectively addressed. Mr COLLINS (Sadadeen): Mr Speaker, it was quite interesting to listen to the remarks of the Attorney-General. He said that no member of this House would support violent crime in any way, shape or form and that we should be the leaders in addressing and educating the community against this form of lifestyle. It makes me wonder whether we should not bring to the fore an area where violence is often depicted in a very realistic manner and which affects the minds of those people who watch it. I am thinking of the violence in R-rated videos. I hope that the House will take this matter on board. It is a thorny question. There are people in the community who maintain that violent videos do not have any effect on those who watch them. Of course, some of those have a vested interest. If we are fair dinkum, we must examine this. I believe that what you feed your mind on, what you view and what you hear tends to colour your attitudes. This can apply to the very people who censure such films. When they see such films for the first time, they are horrified. However, when they see such a film 2 or 3 times, the shock value is lost and they become desensitised. If we are to give a lead in this matter, we need to look very carefully at the violent video and its potential for degrading people's behaviour. I recall that shocking murder and sexual attack on Anita Cobby which was abhorrent to every Austra 1 i an who ever read about it. I reca 11 that the people convicted of the crime said in evidence that they were watching violent videos before they committed that act. I am sure that what we see has an i nfl uence on us. The other day, one of my constituents rang me. We discussed the influence of what we see and read. He said that we had only to consider the example of the speedway. People go to the speedway to watch cars racing at high speed and then they drive home like maniacs. It has an influence on their behaviour. I am quite sure that Mr Manzie: I would have to disagree with that. Mr COLLINS: Well, that is one person's view. I put the challenge to this House that, if we are fair dinkumabout wanting a decent society for our kids - and I am sure that we all are - we should look at this question of violent videos and their effect on us all. I do not say that they affect children only. I must admit that I have read 8746