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Question Without Notice No. 1080 asked in the Legislative Council on 6 November 2018 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

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NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME

1080. Hon NICK GOIRAN to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:

I refer to the government's endeavours to join the National Redress Scheme.

(1) Does the Attorney General have in his possession, custody or control a list of stakeholders that he, his staff or the department have consulted about the legislative instruments required to give effect to the government's desire to join the scheme?

(2) If yes to (1), will he table that list?

(3) If no to (1), will he undertake to prepare such a list and have it tabled at the next day's sitting?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

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

(1) Yes.

(2) Consultation regarding the legislation occurred with officers from the State Solicitor's Office; the Parliamentary Counsel's Office; the Department of Justice, including the office of the criminal injuries assessor and the office of the Commissioner for Victims of Crime; the Department of the Premier and Cabinet; the Department of Treasury; the offices of the Premier, Attorney General and the Minister for Child Protection; and the commonwealth Department of Social Services. The National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse (Commonwealth Powers) Bill 2018 was drafted based on similar legislation that had been introduced into and passed by the Parliaments of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria. The commonwealth government consulted with a number of stakeholders in the development of the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse, including the National Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Act 2018. It is understood that consultation occurred with an independent advisory council on redress. The advisory council comprised survivors of institutional abuse, representatives from support organisations, legal and psychological experts, Aboriginal and disability experts, institutional interest groups and persons with a background in government.

(3) Not applicable.