"That depends on how he said it and what steps he has taken to go down that path," says Attorney-General and Minister for Justice John Elferink (pictured). Meanwhile police chief won't answer questions. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.
The CLP promised they would be open and accountable. Gagging the Auditor General makes them the most secretive Government in Australia and the Northern Territory’s history, writes Michael Gunner, Shadow Minister for Government Accountability.
UPDATE DEC 19: The scheme as it is intended by Minister Elferink is "a good concept" for employers and Aboriginal employees, but many obstacles will need to be dealt with, says Chamber of Commerce Executive Officer Kay Eade.
"If you are sentenced in the NT you are sentenced to a job and a future."
This is the motto for ground breaking prison reform being introduced by NT Attorney General John Elferink (pictured above left) who is also responsible for correctional services.
It will give inmates the opportunity of taking on paid work "inside the prison system or beyond its boundary," says Mr Elferink. ERWIN CHLANDA reports and in a comment piece says that this is a visionary move that deserves public and bi-partisan support. PHOTO: Mainstream work paid at award rates to replace mindless tasks now performed by prisoners.
Dangerous prisoners can already be detained indefinitely if the Supreme Court so decides, so why is the Territory's new Attorney-General, John Elferink, wanting to add legislation in this area? Mr Elferink introduced the Dangerous Prisoners (Sexual Offenders) Restraint Bill while in Opposition and recently announced his intention to reintroduce it. It was among the matters of concern discussed with him by President of the Criminal Lawyers Association, Russell Goldflam, in their first meeting since the election last week. KIERAN FINNANE reports.