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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 4 Hansard (7 May) . . Page.. 1199..


court of appeal or the Supreme Court in the case of a Magistrates Court matter, to review sentencing decisions. That is where those matters should sit. But I do not think for a moment that the DPP has characterised every sentence handed down by the Supreme Court or the Magistrates Court as manifestly inadequate and it would be wrong and false of Mr Hanson to characterise it as such.

It is important that we engage with justice stakeholders, the views of organisations such as the DPP, such as police, such as judicial officers, such as victims of crime and many others that need to be there at the table. The resourcing and commitment that the government is making to this program will facilitate that detailed discussion needed for an informed and comprehensive program of reforms to reduce recidivism, to reduce the cost to the taxpayer and to improve the support, recognition and acknowledgement needed by victims of criminal offences.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Berry.

MS BERRY: Attorney, what other stakeholder consultation is envisaged as part of this review?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Berry for the supplementary. This will be driven across government by the Director-General of the justice and community safety agency. She will have responsibility to coordinate the views and the input of the various agencies across the government that have a key interest. But it is not just a within government effort. As I have said, we need to engage with traditional officers, the police, legal practitioners, in particular the DPP and Legal Aid, human rights advocates, victims of crime advocates, victims of crime, academic experts and the broader community. All will need to be at the table. We will engage in that process.

We want to draw on the best practice research nationally and internationally. This is a real opportunity for the ACT to create a contemporary sentencing framework that can serve as a model for others but also, most importantly, to meet the needs of our community and deliver justice in a more timely, more efficient, more cost-effective and, ultimately, a more just manner. And I look forward to the work of this program getting underway.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Paper

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Koppers wood products—Minister's statement, pursuant to the resolution of the Assembly of 9 April 2014—Tabling statement.

Canberra—priority issues

Debate resumed.

MR HANSON (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (3.29), in reply: The opposition will not be supporting the amendment. To quote Shakespeare from


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