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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Scrutiny report 6

MR DOSZPOT: I present the following report:

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee (Legislative Scrutiny Role)—Scrutiny Report 6, dated 2 May 2013, together with the relevant minutes of proceedings.

I seek leave to make a brief statement.

Leave granted.

MR DOSZPOT: Scrutiny report 6 contains the committee’s comments on five bills, seven pieces of subordinate legislation and six government responses. The report was circulated to members when the Assembly was not sitting. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Statement by chair

MR DOSZPOT (Molonglo): Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety. The committee recently resolved to inquire into and report on sentencing in the ACT.

The committee notes that in the Sixth Assembly the Standing Committee on Legal Affairs, the precursor to the present committee, commenced an inquiry into sentencing in the criminal jurisdiction of the ACT. The inquiry was not completed and lapsed on 17 October 2008, at the end of the Sixth Assembly.

The committee resolves to inquire into sentencing in the present Assembly, the Eighth Assembly, including into:

(1) Sentencing practice in the ACT, its effects and implications, including:

(a) the law, legal doctrine and rationale of contemporary sentencing practice;

(b) comparisons with other jurisdictions;

(c) rates of successful appeals regarding sentences; and

(d) timeliness in handing down decisions and sentences.

(2) Ways in which contemporary sentencing practice in the ACT affects other parts of the justice system, including:

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