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Ombudsman’s findings, I have recently been updated with the Ombudsman’s investigation and I am pleased to provide the Assembly with the following information.

The Ombudsman found that there were a number of avoidable delays and that the delays relating to the 2004 complaint were unsatisfactory. The Ombudsman recommended that the AFP apologise to the relevant parties. I am pleased to inform the Assembly that this has been done. A formal written apology was provided to the relevant parties.

The Ombudsman also found that since the AFP investigation of the 2004 incident new benchmark timelines for the handling and investigation of complaints have been introduced and implemented. These new benchmarks will reduce the likelihood of protracted delays in the complaints process in the future.

I assure the Assembly also that I will be continuing to monitor any complaints against police in terms of their handling of investigations and other processes. I commend the response the Assembly.

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee

Report 6—government response

MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations): For the information of members, I present:

Education, Training and Young People—Standing Committee—Report 6—Restorative Justice Principles in Youth Settings—Final report—Government response.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to that response.

Leave granted.

MR BARR: I am pleased to table the government’s response to the Assembly’s Standing Committee on Education, Training and Young People’s report into the practice of restorative justice principles in youth settings. This has been a lengthy inquiry, and I commend the committee for the thorough way it went about gathering information, considering the issues and preparing the report.

The terms of reference for the inquiry were very broad, and the committee was required to inquire into and report on the practice of restorative justice principles in youth settings, with a particular reference to: the development and implementation of programs in schools, youth services and youth justice settings; the allocation of government resourcing and its impact on the development or implementation of restorative justice programs; strategies for involving young people in the development of programs; programs to support young people and their families; and any other related matter.

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