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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 666 asked in the Legislative Council on 25 June 2019 by Hon Michael Mischin

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on


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

I refer to the Attorney General's response to my question without notice 643 on 13 June 2019, whereby I asked for the status of eight projects and matters.

(1) Why will the Attorney General not provide the information that is being sought?

(2) In addition to the status of those projects and of any legislation necessary for their implementation, what is the status of the foreshadowed —

(a) anti-consorting;

(b) asbestos diseases compensation; and

(c) national legal profession laws?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) The Attorney General is happy to advise the following.

(a) Legislation to deter trespass on animal farms is currently being drafted.

(b) A detailed proposal for asbestos diseases compensation is under consideration and an announcement as to any reforms will be made in due course. It is noted that the Law Reform Commission's final report was provided to the honourable member as Attorney General in 2016.

(c) The justice pipeline has achieved practical completion and is currently subject to peer review.

(d) Legislation to implement the high-risk offenders board will be introduced to Parliament this week.

(e) A detailed proposal to implement the remainder of the Law Reform Commission's recommendations from its review of coronial practice is currently under consideration. It is noted that the Law Reform Commission's final report was provided to the honourable member as Attorney General in 2012.

(f) Legislation to amend the Western Australian Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 is currently being drafted.

(g) The Western Australian crime statistics and research office is currently being established.

(h) The appointment of a permanent Commissioner for Victims of Crime will be considered following a review of the Department of Justice's victim services.

(2) (a) Anti-consorting legislation is currently being drafted. This legislation is necessary in part because of the failure of the previous government's Criminal Organisations Control Act 2012, which has not achieved any convictions despite the then government's lofty expectations.

(b) See 1(b).

(c) Legislation to implement the national legal profession uniform law scheme is currently being drafted.