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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 2 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 647..


MADAM SPEAKER: Yes.

Mr Smyth: About whether Northbourne Avenue could be redeveloped with bus rapid transport or with no rapid transport.

MR CORBELL: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, quite clearly that supplementary is not about uplift.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR CORBELL: It is not about uplift. The question is about whether Northbourne Avenue can be redeveloped with BRT or no development at all.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, and you have unanimous agreement about what the question is about. The question is about whether Northbourne Avenue can be redeveloped. Do you want to answer the question in accordance with the standing orders, Mr Corbell, or are you finished?

MR CORBELL: I have concluded my answer.

Crime—restorative justice

MS PORTER: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, you were recently involved in the launch of the Campbell collaboration systematic review of restorative justice conferencing using face-to-face meetings of offenders and victims. Can you please tell the Assembly about this review of restorative justice and its findings in relation to restorative justice in the ACT?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her question. I was delighted recently to join via video link with Professor Lawrence Sherman and Dr Heather Strang of the University of Cambridge to launch the Campbell collaboration systemic review of restorative justice conferencing using face-to-face meetings of offenders and victims. This has been an international academic review including only the most rigorous tests of restorative justice conferencing, namely, those using a randomised controlled research-designed model as used in medicine for testing new drugs.

After this extensive international search and research, including two studies based here in the ACT, we have seen for the first time a comprehensive assessment of restorative justice techniques at a global scale. These 10 studies looked at the effects of restorative justice conferencing at different points in the justice system for both violent and property crimes committed by juvenile and adult offenders. It also looked at the use of restorative justice conferencing both as a diversion from court for less serious offenders and in addition to court for more serious offences.

This review provided an opportunity to reflect on the ACT's experience with restorative justice and how it compared with other schemes around the world. The review concluded that there are really very positive results for offenders and victims as well as significant cost benefit to taxpayers from the use of restorative justice. The review reports clear and compelling evidence of a beneficial relationship between restorative justice and subsequent re-offending.


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