Parliamentary record : Part I debates (27 February 1990)
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DEBATES - Tuesday 27 February 1990 having a videotape of an interview: Last year, a lady complained to me that her daughter had been unreasonably treated during police questioning. She laid a series of charges. The truth is that no one will ever know what happened during the questioning and whether her complaints were valid. However, once the system of video recording of interviews is put into place, many of these allegations, particularly ones such as I received last year, will be able to be dealt with expeditiously. One will be able to look at the record of interview on the video to see how the interviews in fact were conducted. I make that comment as a lay person and as someone who, from time to time, like all members of this House, receives complaints from constituents. I do not doubt that the courts and the police will also gain advantages from having interviews videoed. Mr Speaker, I commend the report and also the Chief Minister for his statement. The pursuance of our interest in domestic violence and violence in the community is something which should never wane. We should always be vigilant in looking for ways to improve the lives of our constituents. Debate adjourned. DISTINGUISHED VISITOR Mr B. Kilgariff Mr SPEAKER: Honourable members, I draw the attention of members to the presence in the gallery of a former member and Speaker of thi sHouse, Mr Bernie Kilgariff. Members: Hear, hear! TABLED PAPERS Reports of Commissioner of Consumer Affairs 1988-89 and Commissioner of Motor Vehicle Dealers 1988 Mr HATTON (Health and Community Services): Mr Speaker, I table the report of the Commissioner of Consumer Affairs for 1988-89 and the report of the Commissioner of Motor Vehicle Dealers 1988. Mr Speaker, I move that the reports be printed. Motion agreed to. TABLED PAPER Draft Consumer Affairs Bill Mr HATTON (Health and Community Services): Mr Speaker, I table for discussion a draft Consumer Affairs Bill. In so dOing, I move that the Assembly take note of the paper. The Consumer Affairs Bill represents the most far-reaching and comprehen s i ve reform of consumer 1 aw undertaken in the Northern Terri tory. A better deal and fairer marketplace for all Territory residents will result from the decision to overhaul totally the existing legislative base and broaden the scope of consumer a ffa irs a s recommended by the working group responsible for the review of consumer affairs. The reforms place greater emphasis on self-protection and business competition by providing effective remedies to both consumers and traders who suffer loss through the actions of dishonest and unfair operators. The deci s i on to conduct the revi ew wa sin recognition of the need to strengthen the role of Consumer .Affa irs in the Northern Terri tory. The 8751
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