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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (22 March) . . Page.. 1188..


Sections 17 and 19 provide that a related victim may recover

* any expense reasonably incurred as a consequence of the primary victim's criminal injury and death,

* the pecuniary loss suffered as a consequence of the primary victim's criminal injury and death,

* the expense incurred in making an application for financial assistance other than by way of fees paid to a lawyer and

* special assistance of $30,000 or, where there is more than one related victim (such as where the primary victim is survived by a wife or husband and children) the proportion of $30,000 that the Magistrates Court considers appropriate.

The maximum amount that can be awarded in relation to a criminal injury is $50,000 (section 14).

Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment—annual report (Question No 1996)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, upon notice, on 14 February 2012:

(1) In relation to the 2010-11 annual report of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment and significant organisational change, page 2, has the Government failed to respond to the Commissioner's report, dated September 2009, the work for which was initiated by the Government; if so, why.

(2) In relation to audit/assessment of Government agencies' environmental performance reporting, page 4, has the Government failed to respond to the Commissioner's report, dated 22 October 2010; if so, why.

(3) In relation to investigation into the tree management and urban forest renewal programs, page 4, has the Government failed to respond to the Commissioner's report, dated 3 March 2011; if so, why.

(4) In relation to report on Canberra Nature Park, Molonglo River Corridor and Googong Foreshores Reserve, page 5 and given (a) that the Minister tabled this report in the Assembly on 25 October 2011 and in his tabling speech stated that as is customary in responding to the commissioner's investigation reports, the Government intends to respond as soon as possible and (b) the Government's record in relation to the three reports referred to in parts (1) to (3), what time frame does the Government put on as soon as possible.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The former Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment submitted her report : Expanded Role of the Office of the Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment (the Report) on 29 September 2009.

The Government has discussed the Report with the Commissioner's Office and has developed a draft policy position on each of its recommendations.


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