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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 78..


MR SPEAKER: The discussion is concluded.

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee

Report 9

MR STEFANIAK (4.57): Mr Speaker, I present the following report:

Legal Affairs-Standing Committee-Report 9-Annual and financial reports of the Department of Justice and Community Safety and related agencies, dated February 2004, together with a copy of the extracts of the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to move a motion authorising the report for publication.

Leave granted.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That the report be authorised for publication.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STEFANIAK: I move:

That the report be noted.

I will be very brief in speaking to this motion, given the amount of work that we have to do today. People can read for themselves the various recommendations that have been made in relation to this report. I think we made six or seven recommendations. I will just speak to some of the matters in the report.

We made a number of comments which are worth noting. For example, there is a need for a proper break-up of the output for policy advice. That has been an ongoing issue for a number of years. I recall it cropping up first in about 1999 and it still has not been rectified.

Some concerns were raised in relation to bushfires and the plans that were going to be implemented this year. I think that there were some less than satisfactory answers given in relation to the session on that before Christmas. I note that we have made a recommendation in relation to that.

We still have some problems in relation to the statistical information coming from some of the courts. I commend the Magistrates Court for the information coming out of there. It is quite detailed and gives a very good indication of what is actually occurring there. Of course, that court handles a vast majority of the matters before the court system in the ACT.


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