Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 13 September 2017) . . Page.. 3631 ..
raised. It has been looked at in relation to the drafting of our criminal laws. I have had the chance to work through the High Court decision itself. I have also spoken with my directorate on the matter, and I have also sought advice in relation to it from the Government Solicitor’s office.
Members would be aware that it is not uncommon for courts to make recommendations or observations in relation to legislation. That matter was raised by the justices of the High Court and attested to the fact that if it was to be addressed it needed to be addressed by the legislature. I am working with my directorate on that. We are looking at this particularly closely and I look forward to being able to, having received further advice in relation to that particular act and in relation to that particular offence, advise in the near future.
MR HANSON: Attorney-General, have you sought advice as to whether such a law could be made retrospective?
MR RAMSAY: With the human rights in operation within the ACT, it is not something that the government is inclined to do, in relation to making any criminal act retrospective. It is not something that we would be considering in this particular case.
MR WALL: Attorney, will the facts relating to this case be considered by the parole board?
MR RAMSAY: The matter is under the Sentence Administration Board, something not within my particular area, although it sits within the justice portfolio. Matters in relation to that particular matter are rightly determined by the Sentence Administration Board itself.
MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research. Noting that National Skills Week has just concluded, can the minister please update the Assembly about how this important week was acknowledged in the ACT?
MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Pettersson for the question. Skills Week was a tremendous success. The ACT government supported a range of activities held throughout the week as they were also celebrated in other jurisdictions. The week was used as an opportunity to promote and celebrate the career pathways available through vocational education and training.
In the lead-up to Skills Week, on Friday 25 August I attended the Academy of Interactive Entertainment’s STEM future skills experience showcase for local high school students. This showcase was a fantastic opportunity for these local students to explore the world of animation, artificial intelligence and virtual reality applications and to discover the exciting pathways that STEM skills can take them on.
Other activities throughout the week included a consultation workshop to discuss training opportunities in the growing community services sector. WorldSkills regional