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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 14 Hansard (Thursday, 24 November 2005) . . Page.. 4628 ..


Crimes Act 1900 into the matter of the fitness to plead—Volume 2, dated 6 October 2005.

I ask for leave to move a motion to authorise publication of the paper.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: I move:

That the Assembly authorises publication of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

MR STANHOPE: I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.

MR STANHOPE: As members are aware, on 6 October 2005 Acting Justice Jeffrey Miles provided the executive with a two-volume report on Mr Eastman’s fitness to plead in the trial for the murder of Colin Winchester. On 10 October, I, as Attorney-General, announced Acting Justice Miles’s findings, and volume 1 of the report was made publicly available via the Supreme Court web site. A copy of both volumes of the report was provided to Mr Eastman.

On 20 October 2005, I tabled volume 1 of the report to the Assembly. I noted that volume 2 contained personal information about Mr Eastman and his family and that the government would prefer to assess the privacy issues affecting Mr Eastman’s family before releasing volume 2 publicly. Volume 2 of the report is now tabled, with the exception of some paragraphs from pages 316 and 317 of appendix 16. These paragraphs discuss matters that are personal to Mr Eastman’s family and to Mr Eastman. The government considers that the omission of this information does not impede any comprehension of the evidence provided in appendix 16.

Papers

Mr Quinlan presents the following papers:

Capital works program 2005-06—Progress report—September 2005 quarter.

Financial Management Act, pursuant to section 16—Instrument directing a transfer of appropriations from the Department of Justice and Community Safety to ACT Health, including a statement of reasons, dated 23 November 2005.

Territory-owned Corporations Act, pursuant to subsection 22 (4)—Annual Report 2005—Totalcare Industries Limited, dated 22 September 2005.

Ms Gallagher presented the following papers:

Education Act—


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