Cross-Bench Support Sought For Mandatory Rehabilitation Scheme

Cross-Bench Support Sought For Mandatory Rehabilitation Scheme

Northern Territory Shadow Attorney General John Elferink

Gerry Should Support Mandatory Rehab Plan

Victor P Taffa

Shadow Attorney General, John Elferink, has welcomed the support of the Member for Nelson, Gerry Wood, for the Country Liberals’ Plan to introduce Mandatory Rehabilitation in the Northern Territory.

“The Independent Member has outlined a plan that is virtually identical to the Country Liberals’ proposal for cleaning up Territory Streets.” Mr. Elferink said.

“The Country Liberals will now commence negotiations to introduce legislation into the Northern Territory Parliament that will bring into law a process for Mandatory Rehabilitation for habitual drunks.”

“With the support of the two independents, the Parliament can send a very strong signal to the Henderson Government that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated and that processes will be put in place to get habitual drunks off the streets.” Mr. Elferink said.

“At the 2008 Election, the Country Liberals outlined a plan that would have seen habitual drunks placed in Mandatory Rehabilitation.”

“Any offender placed in protective custody three times in 6 months would be declared an habitual drunk, and be issued with a control order to undergo Alcohol Rehabilitation.”

“Breaching a control order would trigger an automatic prison sentence where the offender would also undertake Mandatory Rehab for three months.” Mr. Elferink said.

“Unlike the Labor Party’s Policy for dealing with itinerants, the Country Liberals and now Gerry Wood believe Mandatory Rehabilitation is the only way to deal with the issue.”

“Twice over the past 5 years, Labor has promised to introduce Mandatory Rehabilitation and twice is has proven incapable of honouring the commitment.”

“Gerry Wood is now in a unique position to make a stand against anti-social behaviour in the Northern Territory.”

“Territorians have had a gutful of itinerants urinating and defecating in public places and want something done about it.” Mr. Elferink said.

“After 10 years of Labor Party inaction, the Parliament is now finally in a position to do something about getting habitual drunks off Territory Streets.”

“I call on Gerry Wood to throw his support behind the Country Liberals’ Mandatory Rehab Plan and tell the Labor Government that anti-social behaviour will no longer be tolerated.” Mr. Elferink said.