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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4159 ..


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Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—legal services(Question No 500)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 October 2021:

(1) In relation to the minister’s supplementary answer to a question without notice, dated 13 May 2021, about ACT Policing and the use of interview friends where the subject of an interview identifies as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders and is suspected of committing a crime, what is the exact procedure followed by ACT Policing when they pause an interview and arrange for an interview friend to be present.

(2) Does ACT Policing maintain a list of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander interview friends to be contacted; if so, (a) what is the process for a person being included on this list, (b) how many interview friends are currently on this list and (c) are these interview friends available 24 hours per day; if not, which organisation or person does ACT Policing contact to arrange for an interview friend to be present.

(3) On how many occasions were Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander people who were interviewed by ACT Policing offered an interview friend, for each of the past five financial years.

(4) Of those who were offered and interview friend, how many accepted the offer.

(5) When an interview is paused to arrange for an interview friend to be present for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person, how long on average does it take for an interview friend to arrive and the interview to recommence.


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