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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1616..


MR MOORE (continuing):

My answer is that, on 7 August 2000, Justice Crispin of the Supreme Court ordered that the three children in this matter be returned to their mother's care. Justice Crispin's order and reasons for judgment constitute a 34-page document. In summary, Justice Crispin stated:

... this was a case in which the orders made on 20 July 2000 had been ineffective, had reflected a substantially confused approach by all parties to the proceedings, had been unsupported by findings as to the requisite grounds or by proceedings, had been unsupported by findings as to the requisite grounds or by evidence capable of establishing such grounds, indeed, and in the face of unchallenged evidence as to the absence of such grounds and had been based in part upon misconception of relevant facts.

That draws our attention to legal language, actually. Justice Crispin adjourned the matter overnight to enable discussion among the parties and then ordered by consent that all three children be subject to supervision by the chief executive for a period of three months. Following a visit by Family Services on 11 August 2000, emergency action was taken to remove the young girl from the family. Actions on this matter are continuing in the courts.

Impounded vehicle

MR SMYTH: Mr Quinlan asked about police procedures in regard to stolen vehicles and the recovery of stolen property and I offered to gain additional information. The information is that, while police endeavour to collect all recovered stolen property, it is not uncommon for them to request assistance from members of the community in conveying such items to the nearest police station. Such requests are usually made when personnel are unable to attend within a reasonable period due to commitments arising from other incidents, as was the case in the circumstances to which Mr Quinlan referred.

The issue in relation to the management of recovered stolen motor vehicles is one not of being even-handed, but of securing high-value capital assets for which the taxpayer subsequently becomes financially liable if it is damaged. Clearly, the police are unable to spend protracted periods of time at the scene of recovered stolen motor vehicles due to the wide range of other commitments which are likely to arise in the course of a shift.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act, pursuant to section 8-Authority to broadcast proceedings concerning:

The public hearing of the Standing Committee on Education, Community Services and Recreation on 10 May 2001 in relation to its inquiry into adolescents and young adults at risk of not achieving satisfactory education and training outcomes, dated 7 May 2001.

The public hearings of the Select Committee on Estimates 2001-2002 on 8, 11, 14, 17, 18, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 May 2001, dated 8, 11 and 16 May 2001.

The public hearing of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care on 7 May 2001 in relation to its inquiry into elder abuse in the ACT, dated 4 May 2001.

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services on 11 May 2001 in relation to its inquiries into the Draft Management Plan for


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