Page 2800 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 October 2022
The community is grieving once again, after the tragedy on the weekend. Following this, there are countless lives and families that have been irreparably impacted and left with a trauma that will never leave them. My sincere condolences go to the families and school communities that are impacted. I also acknowledge Andrew Corney and his wife, Camille, for their tireless advocacy for reform following the death of their son. I also would like to acknowledge the other victims of crime in the room today.
My views on the substance of one of Mr McLuckie’s petitions have been heard. However, I believe there is not one single thing that needs to be done that will impact the level of dangerous driving; I believe a multifaceted policy response is needed, which is why I am very committed to working with my ACT Labor and Green colleagues, and it is why I am very committed to the JACS committee’s dangerous driving inquiry. I have great hope that the submissions and hearings of that inquiry will draw out some substantial recommendations that the ACT government can work towards to stop people dying on our roads at the hands of reckless dangerous drivers.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Motion of no confidence
MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (10.12), by leave: I move:
That this Assembly has a lack of confidence in Mr Rattenbury as Attorney General.
Madam Speaker, our frontline police have lost confidence in the Attorney-General. Victims of crime and their families and thousands of community members who support them have lost confidence in the Attorney-General, and the opposition has lost confidence in the Attorney-General.
There are deep and longstanding concerns with the administration and application of sentencing and bail in the ACT that have reached a crescendo. Police and the community have lost confidence in justice being applied fairly or in such a way that keeps our community safe. As the police association sees it, as victims see it and as we see it, there is a way to restore confidence—and this is something the opposition has called for over a decade—a full and independent review into sentencing and bail. We would expect that this review would be conducted by a retired judge or a panel of judges from another jurisdiction. It would have the aim of ensuring sentencing and bail meet community expectations and, in doing so, would restore confidence back in our justice system.
The Attorney-General has refused to conduct such an independent review and has asserted that the system is working as it should. I suggest that he tells that to the parents of the young girls who were tragically killed on the weekend. As reported in the Canberra Times:
Two girls aged 14 and 15 were killed when the car they were in left the road and smashed into a tree next to the Monaro Highway on Saturday night. They were passengers in the car which was so badly damaged that officers initially couldn’t