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Parliamentary record : Part I debates (02 October 1990)



Parliamentary record : Part I debates (02 October 1990)


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




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DEBATES - Tuesday 2 October 1990 on it. That is the strength of this provision. It will make the law bite when these people lose their grog. I do not know about this business of ladies hiding flagons under their dresses that the member for Stuart spoke about. What I do find outrageous is to see a member of this parliament sitting in this C.hamber and gloating about the way in which people will break a law. He was not suggesting a way to circumvent that circumstance; he was gloating over it. Promoting civil disobedience would be the best way to describe it - giving people .ideas on how to go about it. There may well be ways to deal with that too. I am not going to predict ways in which the police may wish to deal with those act i v i ties but I am certain that it can be done, and without offend i ng people's civil liberties. I am sure the police, who are members of a very professional organisation, can think of ways to deal with that circumstance, particularly now that they have been alerted to it by the member for Stuart. This legislation should be supported because it is aimed at making an existing law more effective. That is all that this is about. It drives home the message that that behaviour is unacceptable in modern society. You cannot sit around drinking and abuse and harass people. Other laws can and should be introduced too. If they are unenforceable, we should find ways of making them enforceable. We should continue, to' reinforce the other side of that coin through education, treatment and rehabilitation programs. for substance abusers. We shou 1 d be deal i ng wi th the underlying soci a 1 causes of substance abuse in society, but simply dealing with those issues is not enough. We need also to deter unacceptable behavi our. Th is 1 aw wi 11 gi ve teeth to an existing means of censure in our society, and I fully support it. Mr PERRON (Chief Minister): Mr Speaker, will be fairly. brief although one could speak .on this subject for some time. We have debated alcohol issues many times in the Assembly, in particular alcohol issues relating to Aboriginals. It was interesting to hear the member for MacDonnell say that he had been briefed by the Commissioner of Pol.ice on these matters and I am pleased about that. The Leader of the Oppos i t i on said that he had spoken to the police about it. What a shame that neither of them can speak to pol ice about other matters which are raised in this House from time to time in relation to police investigations. Why is it that they are prepared to accept their social responsibilities in examining the provisions of a potential law which is before this House at present, yet they are not prepared to receive information which would enl ighten them about other matters of some public interest. What a shame that we have. this double standard in the House. To reinforce that they know they are right, they have said that they have spoken to the police. I urge them to speak to the police on a couple of other subjects. I am sure that both the Commi ss i oner of Pol ice and the Pol ice Assoc i at i on ,would have a great deal of advice for members opposite. The Leader of the Opposition seems to be walking away from yet another section in the ALP's official platform. We have heard that the platform is binding on ALP members. Recently, members of the opposition have walked away from a string of sections in their platform. We raised the requirement in their platform to have employers ensure that employees are correctly enrolled or face a penalty. They said that they would not implement that section of their platform. We raised the matter of the shipping service subsidy, which includes a subsidy for the ship to travel to overseas countries. The Leader of the Opposition said that they would not implement that section of the platform. We raised the matter of political parties being funded by the taxpayer. He said that they would not implement that. The most recent example occurred on the 7.30 Report. He was asked in what 10 708

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