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Question Without Notice No. 266 asked in the Legislative Council on 11 April 2018 by Hon Michael Mischin

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 11 April 2018

SCOTT DOUGLAS AUSTIC — COURT OF APPEAL

266. Hon MICHAEL MISCHIN to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to the Attorney General's partial answer to my question without notice of 21 March concerning a petition he has received on behalf of the convicted murderer Scott Douglas Austic.

(1) Has the Attorney General sought advice on the merits of the petition from the Solicitor-General, the Director of Public Prosecutions for Western Australia, State Counsel or the State Solicitor?

(2) When did he seek that advice; and, if he has not sought such advice, why not?

(3) Has he received advice from any of those officers; and, if so, when did he receive it?

(4) If he has sought advice from any of those officers but not yet received it, when does he expect to receive it?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes; the Attorney General has sought advice in relation to the petition from the Solicitor-General.

(2) The request for advice was received by the Solicitor-General's office on 2 March 2018.

(3) No; the Attorney General has not yet received advice from the Solicitor-General.

(4) The Solicitor-General will provide his advice in due course.