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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 7 Hansard (17 August) . . Page.. 2402..

(3) See answers to questions (1) and (2).

Magistrates Court

(Question No 1160)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 8 June 2006:

(1) What progress has been made on examining the creation of a separate administration for all of the tribunals currently administered by the Magistrates Court as promised in the 2004 election;

(2) If an examination has been completed, what was the outcome;

(3) If an examination is underway, when will it be completed;

(4) If an examination has not started yet, when will it start or has the Government changed its mind.

Mr Corbell

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

The Government is committed to reviewing tribunal structures, with a view to increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness. My department is currently examining options for tribunal structures, including the option of consolidating tribunal registries. I anticipate that stakeholder consultation on the options will occur by the end of this year.

Schools-restorative justice

(Question No 1161)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 8 June 2006:

(1) What steps has the Government taken to extend the use of restorative justice in schools as promised in the 2004 ACT election;

(2) What training and support has been given to schools to introduce restorative justice to schools;

(3) Have any studies been undertaken to the effectiveness of restorative justice as compared to other forms of discipline in ACT schools; if so, what was the outcome.

Mr Barr

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Schools implement the principles of restorative justice and use the term restorative practices. A number of schools are implementing restorative practices to build positive relationships. The focus is on early intervention and the development of a whole school approach to countering all forms of bullying, harassment and other harmful behaviour. Safe school practices, including restorative practices, are a significant priority for the Department of Education and Training.

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