22 October 2018
It’s about time the Territory Labor government turned its attention to crime and anti-social behaviour and started to address the concerns of hardworking Territory business people and the wider community, across the Northern Territory.
Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Lia Finocchiaro said that in failing to address anti-social behaviour for the past two years, our towns are now crying out for immediate measures that help their communities straight away.
"For example, two quick and effective measures are improved lighting and increased (monitored) CCTV, could be implemented straight away.
"Labor’s plan is recycled from 2010, it is two years too late and half of the measures will not be implemented until next year, which is not good enough.
"The fact that Labor’s plans ignore the regions, shows the government has not considered whether anti-social behaviour is just going to be moved from one area to another.
"Today’s plan blatantly disregards places like Katherine, Alice Springs, Nhulunbuy and Tennant Creek in the short term.
"The 10 per cent increase in alcohol related assaults Territory wide, alongside an increase in alcohol-related hospital emergency presentations reinforces that Labor’s Banned Drinker Register (BDR) has failed to address the Territory’s chronic alcohol issues," said Ms Finocchiaro.
The Territory Opposition plan for providing a safer environment for Territorians and visitors alike, across the Northern Territory, includes measures that can be implemented in the immediate, medium and longer term, such as:
- Better lighting in high-traffic areas to deter property crime and public drunkenness
- Improved provision and monitoring of CCTV
- Increased foot patrols by Police in identified areas of high or increased crime
- A well-resourced Police Force empowered to tackle antisocial behaviour by enforcing existing laws (like Paperless Arrest and 2km laws), tipping out grog and issuing orders for persons to vacate the area for a specified period of time
- Ensuring service providers assist people to get back to their communities, such as those leaving hospital, courts or jail
- Facilitating community security efforts by councils and private business to move on people behaving badly and inappropriately
- Compulsory treatment and rehabilitation for those with a chronic alcohol problem
- Coordinating with social service providers for timely interventions, facilitating shelter and support for the homeless