Page 5897 - Week 18 - Wednesday, 11 December 1991

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Whilst we agree with the amendments proposed by Mr Collaery, I would sound a note of warning in relation to proposed new subsection (4). I note that Mr Collaery has made his amendments because of the Children's Services Act, which has a similar provision. However, the old judges' rules, which applied to the taking of evidence and how the police go about their business in terms of interviewing people, did have the original provision Mr Collaery had here in relation to the consent of a parent or guardian being needed before fingerprints or photographs could be taken of a young person over the age of 14 but under the age of 18. I tend to think that that is a sensible provision.

Unfortunately, there are a number of young people in this town, often aged 16 and 17, who commit very serious offences and who do not necessarily have a parent or guardian who can be easily found. Perhaps that is something a future government will need to look at. I think there are some problems with the Children's Services Act, and this would merely mirror that problem. That is something the law enforcement agencies have to consider, and it would need some further law reform. The rest of the Bill does put into legislative form what has been the practice. I have also spoken to the Director of Public Prosecutions in relation to the substantive Bill, and he has no problems with it.

Amendments agreed to.

Bill, as a whole, as amended, agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.


Debate resumed from 10 December 1991, on motion by Ms Follett:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR KAINE (Leader of the Opposition) (12.33): Mr Speaker, the Liberal Party has no objection to this Bill. It is clearly simply a machinery Bill, and we agree with it.

MR COLLAERY (12.33): The Rally also supports the Bill, Mr Speaker.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.34 to 2.30 pm

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