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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 06 Hansard (Thursday, 3 June 2021) . . Page.. 1795 ..


Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. Women’s Legal Centre and Legal Aid receive funding to deliver legal support through the Health Justice Partnerships and have been providing the service since January 2019.

2. For the 2020-21 financial year, Legal Aid received $364,000 (excl. GST) and Women’s Legal Centre received $352,000 (excl. GST).

3. Between January 2019 and December 2020, more than 450 people have been assisted through the partnerships. 237 people were assisted during the 19/20 financial year.

4. The services provided by the health justice partnership lawyers include advice, referrals, drafting documents and letters, and representation in legal proceedings.

Partnership lawyers represent clients in a variety of legal proceedings a client can take against their abuser. This includes Family Violence Order applications, applications to the Family Court, representation in care and protection conferences, family dispute resolutions, employment and discrimination proceedings and tenancy proceedings.

The variety and complexity of cases makes reporting on the data requested difficult and inaccurate. The data collection and management system used by Legal Aid cannot report on the requested data.

Between July 2019 and June 2020 Women’s Legal Centre report 75 clients who received assistance from the partnership lawyer progressed to formal legal proceedings with the Women’s Legal Centre.

The type of assistance provided to these clients includes assistance at mediation and engaging in negotiations on behalf of the client. This number only represents women who progressed their matter with the Women’s Legal Centre and does not accurately represent the number of women in total who would have progressed to formal legal proceedings.


Alexander Maconochie Centre—detainee searches(Question No 225)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 23 April 2021:

(1) Are searches conducted on detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (a) before attending a visit and (b) after attending a visit.

(2) If yes to one or both occasions referred to in part (1), what kind of searches are conducted on each occasion i.e. what areas of a detainee’s body and clothing is searched and in what manner.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1) Detainees are not currently searched before a visit; this is practice in the COVID 19 context to reduce the amount of person-to-person contact.


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