Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 5 May 2022) . . Page.. 1227 ..
information shows conclusively that there has been a miscarriage of justice, then the person has a right to be compensated.
The government is of the view that there should be clarity around how claims for compensation for wrongful convictions made under the Human Rights Act are assessed. Reform will provide greater certainty and consistency for wrongful conviction compensation claims. Two options are outlined in the discussion paper. The first is to adopt a statutory scheme for assessing liability and determining compensation payable, as currently exists in the United Kingdom; or, secondly, to create an administrative scheme under the Human Rights Act, including a guideline as to how such claims are assessed and calculation of compensation.
Stakeholder and community views are also sought on the question of which wrongful conviction compensation model should be adopted in the ACT. The discussion paper was released on 6 April this year and submissions can be made for a period of six weeks, up until 18 May 2022. These can be made through the ACT government YourSay website.
The fairness of convictions is at the heart of the integrity of our criminal justice system. In order to protect this integrity and ensure fair convictions, we must be able to identify and remedy any wrongful conviction. The reforms outlined in the discussion paper provide us with tools to do this. I commend the paper to the Assembly and to our community, and I hope that many will take the opportunity to provide their views to shape these important reforms.
I present the following paper:
Wrongful Conviction: Reforms to the Right to Appeal and Right to Compensation—Ministerial statement, 5 May 2022.
That the Assembly take note of the paper.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Government—greenhouse gas emissions reduction
MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Attorney-General, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Minister for Gaming and Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction) (10.10): I am pleased to present today a statement on the progress of the Home Energy Support program and the Business Fleet Advisory Service.
The ACT government has been a leader in climate action for many years now. We were the first jurisdiction outside of Europe to reach 100 per cent renewable electricity. We exceeded our 2020 emissions reduction target, reducing our emissions by more than 45 per cent from 1990 levels. We have also delivered a range of on-ground programs and events to support the community to be part of the solution to act on climate change.