Thursday, 25 February 2021
Northern Territory: Crime
I seek leave to move general business notice of motion No. 1036 and for the motion to be determined without amendment or debate.
Leave not granted.
That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent general business notices of motion No. 1036 being moved immediately and determined without amendment or debate.
On behalf of Senator McMahon, I move:
That the Senate—
(a) notes that:
(i) property crime and personal assaults, particularly by juvenile offenders, are a major concern for Northern Territory residents and businesses; one Alice Springs business reported 15 break ins or damage from attempts since Christmas, and residents report no longer feeling safe in their communities, and
(ii) last week the Northern Territory Police Commissioner revealed property crime has spiked by up to 50% in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek and the Commissioner also revealed 75% of offenders dealt with by members of Strike Force Viper are repeat offenders; and
(b) calls on the Northern Territory Labor Government to urgently review and overhaul the Northern Territory's weak bail laws and introduce methods to appropriately manage youth offenders.