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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 13 May 2021) . . Page.. 1470 ..

There are specific legal requirements that ACT Policing must follow, and they are in the Crimes Act 1918 section 23H, a federal act. An interview friend is a person who supports the interview subject by accompanying them while the interview is occurring and provides assistance. ACT Policing contacts Interview Friends once a person under arrest has self-identified as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and ACT Policing then notifies the Aboriginal Legal Service for appropriate follow-up and support and legal representation.

ACT Policing follows the suspect interview plan which sets out scripting and procedural requirements to be followed by ACT police officers so that interviews with suspects satisfy legal requirements under part 1C of the Crimes Act 1914, a commonwealth act. An interview plan expressly prompts officers to ask the person being interviewed whether they identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander. Where a person does so, officers are required to pause the interview and arrange for an interview friend to be present during the interviewing process unless the person expressly and voluntarily waives the right to an interview friend. An interview plan also requires members to contact the ALS to notify them of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person being the subject of an interview unless the person has arranged separate legal representation to attend the interview.

I also understand that Anglicare have information about recruiting interview friends on their website for ACT-New South Wales.

Ms Kikkert: New South Wales, not here?

MR GENTLEMAN: ACT and New South Wales.

Planning—Territory Plan

MR GENTLEMAN: In relation to a question from Mr Davis on Tuesday, which I took on notice, I can advise that all developments in existing suburbs can access the gas network, as this network already exists. The Minister for Water, Energy and Emissions Reduction may be able to assist the member with the information regarding the number of consumers who use gas.


MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I have had an opportunity to look back through my correspondence in relation to a question that I was asked by Mr Cain. Capital Chicks CANberra did, in fact, write to me last week to advise that they had been unable to secure ACT Health funding. I understand that this is a decision of the ACT Health Directorate and I will seek some further advice. I do note that Capital Chicks CANberra are not specifically asking me to intervene in this decision, but I will seek some further information from the Health Directorate.


Mr Gentleman presented the following papers:

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