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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (16 February 1989)


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




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DEBATES - Thursday 16 February 1989 betting tickets is more appropriately a matter for the commission and complementary legislation will shortly be introduced by my colleague the Minister for Tourism to provide the appropriate. cover in the Racing and Betting Act. To avoid any hiatus in administration, the amendments to the stamp duty legislation will come into effect on the same day as the relevant amendments to the Racing and Betting Act. Mr Speaker, I commend the bills to honourable members. Debate adjourned. POLICE ADMINISTRATION AMENDMENT RILL (Serial 167) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr COULTER (Leader of Government Business): Mr Speaker, on behalf of and at the request of the Chief Minister, I move that the bill be now read a second time. Section 166 of the Police Administration Act provides, inter alia, that goods coming into the possession of police must be held for 12 months before they can be sold or disposed of. Experience has shown that this 12-month holding period is far too long,with the result that some police stations are inundated with unclaimed goods. Nowadays, with modern equipment, facilities and procedures, inquiries as to the ownership of unclaimed goods are completed quickly by the police and thus the goods are left needlessly to accumulate for many months before they can be legally disposed of. There is an urgent need to reduce the amounts of unclaimed goods presently held by police and to ensure that holdings remain at a manageable level in the future. Mr Speaker, the other requirement of publishing a notice in the NT Government Gazette before any goods are disposed of will remain in the legislation to ensure that owners are given the same opportunity as currently exists of knowing the whereabouts of their possessions, and the right to claim them. Naturally, where particular circumstances warrant, police will hold goods for longer than 3 months. I commend the bill to honourable members. Debate adjourned. CRIMINAL LAW (CONDITIONAL RELEASE OF OFFENDERS) BILL (Serial 170) Bill presented and read a first time. Mr DALE (Health and Community Services): Mr Speaker, I move that the bill be now read a second time. This is only a small bill but the provisions it makes are highly important to administering justice in cases where people subject to good behaviour court orders do not maintain their good behaviour and break the bond they have entered into. In certain circumstances, prosecution of these cases is difficult because of small anomalies in the act as it stands. This is the reason behind my interest in having these amendments dealt with promptly so that they can quickly become law. The amendments are entirely of a technical nature. In no way do they interfere with the spirit or intent of the legislation. The Criminal Law (Conditional Release of Offenders) Act provides the legal base for home 5603

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