Page 2365 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 2 August 2017

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MR DOSZPOT: Minister, would adopting the national guidelines governing opioid maintenance treatment be the best course of action?

MR RATTENBURY: I think Mr Doszpot has asked me for an opinion on a matter on which I do not claim to be an expert.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, did either of the deaths in custody that have occurred at the AMC trigger the realisation that this review was five years overdue?

MR RATTENBURY: As Mrs Dunne knows, both of those matters are before the coroner at the moment. In terms of drawing any conclusions, that is not something I am in a position to do. I believe that this matter came about as a result of inquiries by a journalist. Whether that journalist’s interest was triggered by those issues is not for me to answer; Mrs Dunne would need to ask the journalist that question.

Crime—motorcycle gangs

MADAM SPEAKER: A question from Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Thank you, Madam Speaker. May I say that it is a delight to have you back after the reign of terror of Mrs Dunne yesterday.

My question is to the Attorney-General and relates to organised criminal gang activity in the ACT. Attorney-General, the Canberra Times editorial of 19 July 2017 stated:

As matters stand Canberra is now viewed by some as a safe haven for these gun-wielding thugs who have fled across our border to avoid being persecuted elsewhere.

The Human Rights Commissioner stated on 29 July:

We are no longer a one-gang town and there has been inter-gang violence recently, so in principle to prevent such behaviour new laws may be necessary.

That was in relation to a discussion on anti-consorting laws following the release of the Canberra Liberals’ exposure draft. Attorney-General, do you accept the Human Rights Commissioner’s position that we are no longer a one-gang town and new laws may be necessary?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the shadow attorney-general for his question. I made comments yesterday, in answer to a similar question, about a number of things that the government is already committed to. I draw the attention of the shadow attorney-general to the statement by the Chief Minister yesterday which outlined the legislation program in spring, which includes new laws in relation to outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, a point of order on relevance.

MADAM SPEAKER: Please resume your seat, Attorney.

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