Page 1032 - Week 03 - Thursday, 22 March 2018

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(4) What proportion of total briefs are managed directly by the Director compared against delegated to other solicitors or briefed out.

(5) Given the recent announcement of additional funding and staff resourcing for ODPP, will the new staffing reduce the total work/ caseload on existing solicitors or will the new staff be working on completely separate work.

(6) How many additional staff and how much additional funding would ODPP require to reduce work/ caseload to an acceptable level.

Mr Ramsay: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions is managed independently and all information about management, staffing, and workload is available directly through the Director of Public Prosecutions and their annual reports.

The Government is committed to ensuring that the Director of Public Prosecutions is adequately resourced to undertake its important role in the justice system, and that resourcing decisions about the DPP and other actors in the justice system are made coherently and from the perspective that changes to each will affect the entire justice system.

The $970,000 announced in the Mid-Year Budget Review for the Director of Public Prosecutions will provide for specialist resources to conduct confiscation of criminal assets matters. The Government is currently considering additional funding for the Director of Public Prosecutions as part of the 2018-19 budget process.

(Question No 915)

Ms Le Couteur asked the Minister for the Environment and Heritage, upon notice, on 16 February 2018 (redirected to the Minister for Regulatory Services):

(1) What is the current regulation of pesticide use in the ACT.

(2) What are the current obligations on the recording of use of pesticides and are these obligations the same for residents, businesses and government; if not, how do they differ.

(3) Does the ACT Government’s approach to pesticide regulation align with national or international best practice.

(4) Against what benchmarks does the ACT Government assess the efficacy of its management of pesticides.

(5) When was the last review of the ACT Government Insecticide Guidelines undertaken.

(6) What were the results of that review.

(7) How often are reviews of the Guidelines undertaken.

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