Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 13 September 2017) . . Page.. 3630 ..
… there have unfortunately been some unavoidable delays in progressing formal consultation on this initiative.
Minister, what caused the delays and why were they unavoidable?
MR RATTENBURY: I did think it was worth being forthright about the fact that this is not going as quickly as I had hoped. What has come up is that there is a range of models in different jurisdictions and it has taken the directorate some time to work its way through those different models to provide me with a level of research that I was then happy to share with the key stakeholders as part of the conversation starter which I referenced in my statement yesterday.
MRS DUNNE: Minister, what will you do to ensure that the office for mental health is people-centric and not outputs driven?
MR RATTENBURY: I think a very important part of any model is that we actually want the focus to be on those who are seeking care within our system. We should ensure that the system is all about their needs because they are coming to seek support at a vulnerable time in their lives. Therefore, we need to ensure that the system is as people-centric as possible.
In that sense, it is all about making sure that the journey through the system is as smooth as possible for people, that they get the support they need when they need it and that it is clear to them how the system works.
MS LEE: Minister, how much of the 2017-18 budget appropriation of $500,000 has been spent so far on the office of mental health initiative, on what has this been spent and will the full amount be spent this financial year?
MR RATTENBURY: I will need to take that level of detail on notice.
MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, a recent High Court case concerned an ACT prisoner who drafted an eight-page plan detailing how witnesses would be forced to retract their evidence and seek another prisoner to recruit a hit man for that purpose. The High Court found that there is currently no offence of incitement to procure in the Criminal Code. The judgement stated this was a gap or omission. Attorney, you are quoted in the media as saying:
I think there’s certainly a very, very arguable case that this is a serious matter and is something that we need to be looking at to change the legislation.
Attorney-General, what briefings have you had regarding this apparent gap or omission in our laws and when will you provide a response to this place or to the community?
MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Hanson for his question. The particular case that he is referring to is, of course, the case of the Queen v Holliday. A matter of fact has been