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Debates and Questions - Day 1 - 24 April 2020



Debates and Questions - Day 1 - 24 April 2020

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Parliamentary Record 27


Debates and Questions for 13th Assembly 2019 - 2020; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 13th Assembly 2016 - 2020




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DEBATES AND QUESTIONS Friday 24 April 2020 8362 Ms FYLES: As you know, because you went there with the Member for Nelson, the Howard Springs facility has the pandemic drive-thru clinic. It has the red areas, where people who have Coronavirus are being cared for by health professionals as opposed to being in Royal Darwin Hospital. It has another area where people can be in quarantine if they are not abiding by the rules when in enforced quarantine. It is unlikely that someone would pay in Howard Springs if they are receiving healthcare. But if they are meant to be paying for quarantine in a hotel and it is decided that they are better off at Howard Springs you could see a situationbut generally, no. If you go to Howard Springs because you unfortunately have Coronavirus we care for you under the health system. Mrs FINOCCHIARO: What is the governments intention for enforcing payment of this fee? Is there a consequence if you do not pay it? Ms FYLES: Yes, it is a debt recoverable. Mrs LAMBLEY: I was told of a case in Alice Springs the other day, where a person was in hospital being treated for the virus and was discharged. The virus was still active. She went home and her family left the house. How does that work? Ms FYLES: I need to be very careful, particularly because we have small numbers in the Territory. It is inappropriate for me, but I can say that each individuals clinic care is based on what they need and where they are to receive it. With a specific such as that, you could write to me and I could pass it on, but we need to be very careful with patient details. Through Coronavirus, we hear lots of rumours. We hear people say, So-and-sos mum just got back from Greece and she sat next towe need to be really careful about speculation. Particularly in a small community, we need to respect individuals rights to privacy. If you have any concerns whatsoever that the community could have been at risk, I suggest you put that in writing with the facts and I can ask the appropriate bodies to look at it. Clause 4 agreed to. Clause 5, by leave, agreed to. Clause 6: Mrs FINOCCHIARO: Was consultation undertaken, for example with the Police Association, in regard to clause 6 or the bill more generally? Ms FYLES: Yes, I said that in my introduction speech. Mrs FINOCCHIARO: Will there be specific guidelines or operational orders to decide whether to issue an infringement notice under the regulations or to seek a prosecution for indictment under either the new section 113A or sections 188A or 189A of the Criminal Code Act? Ms FYLES: That would be an operational matter for police on the beat. They decide what is best to utilise. Mrs FINOCCHIARO: Will police be able to take people into custody in relation to a suspected offence under section 113A? Ms FYLES: Again, that is an operational matter. Yes, if they operationally feel that is the best way to deal with an incident. Mrs FINOCCHIARO: If a person is issued an infringement notice under the regulations, time elapses and it is found that person had COVID-19, is it possible for the infringement notice to be withdrawn and the prosecution launched? Or, if deemed necessary or desirable, a prosecution could just commence? Ms FYLES: The advice is that police could withdraw the infringement notice before the infringement penalty is paid and charge the person with the offence. If that incident that you gave the example of was the case, there would also be other serious offences that person can potentially be charged with.

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