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Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 21

Noes 0

Mr Barr

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Berry

Ms Lee

Mr Braddock

Mr Milligan

Ms Burch

Mr Parton

Mr Cain

Dr Paterson

Ms Castley

Mr Pettersson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Rattenbury

Ms Clay

Mr Steel

Mr Cocks

Ms Stephen-Smith

Ms Davidson

Ms Vassarotti

Mr Gentleman

And so it was resolved in the affirmative, with the concurrence of a two-thirds majority of members.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Sitting suspended from 11.38 am to 2.00 pm.

Questions without notice

Crime—offences while on bail

MS LEE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney-General, you have previously argued strongly that there is no need for bail review. I refer to the case of an offender who was arrested for two counts of raping a seven-year-old child. He was charged and released on bail the next day. While on bail, he assaulted and raped another child, a 12-year-old. The victims’ families have spoken on how the victims experienced things that no child should ever have to and said that the offender “took away her innocence and childhood”. Attorney-General, one mother stated: “It has torn the family apart. This will never be fixed.”

Attorney-General, I ask what the community is asking: how is it possible that a person charged with raping a child—someone who a judge has referred to as having a higher than average chance of reoffending—can be granted bail to then rape another child?

MR RATTENBURY: This is clearly a terrible set of circumstances. My sympathies go out to the persons involved, particularly the victims, who have experienced something no-one should ever have to experience. The circumstances Ms Lee describes leave all of us distressed by their very nature. In terms of Ms Lee’s specific question—how is a person granted bail?—Ms Lee well knows that the decision to be granted bail is made by a judicial officer, under the terms of the Bail Act, which set

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