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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Thursday, 5 August 2021) . . Page.. 2500 ..


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Children and young people—care and protection(Question No 337)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 25 June 2021 (redirected to the Minister for Families and Community Services):

In relation to the provision under section 425 of the Children and Young People Act that allows for someone other than the director-general to apply to the Childrens Court for a care and protection order for a child or young person, how many times and in what circumstances has application to the court been made under this section of the Act.

Ms Stephen-Smith: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Community Services Directorate understands this has occurred on one occasion.

In July 2000, the Public Advocate applied for a care and protection order for a child and/or young person. The secrecy provisions of the Children and Young People Act 2008 deem any further information about this matter cannot be shared.

The Community Services Directorate is not aware of any other occasions where this has occurred.


Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—incarceration rates(Question No 338)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 25 June 2021:

(1) Can the Attorney-General provide a comprehensive list of existing recommendations regarding the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the ACT justice system that are currently ‘before the government’ and provide details on (a) which of these are in progress of implementation, (b) what is the expected date of implementation, (c) which of these have not been implemented yet, and (d) what is the expected date of implementation.

(2) Concerning the 1991 report of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the August 2019 ‘Review of the implementation of the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody’, can the Attorney-General provide a current update on the status of implementation of these recommendations in the ACT.

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

(1) There has been a range of reviews and inquiries that have made recommendations regarding the overrepresentation of Aboriginal people in the justice system. Those reviews and inquiries include, but are not limited to:


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