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Parliamentary Questions

Question Without Notice No. 278 asked in the Legislative Council on 22 June 2017 by Hon Charles Smith

Parliament: 40 Session: 1
Answered on 22 June 2017

      278. Hon CHARLES SMITH to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:
After the death in custody of Ms Dhu on 4 August 2014, the coroner outlined 11 recommendations, one of which was, and I quote, a review of ''processes for incarceration under the fines enforcement and recovery process''. The coroner stated that this be given a high priority for consideration by Parliament.
(1) Can the Attorney General advise the house whether this review has started?
(2) If yes to (1), can the minister advise on the progress of this review?
(3) If no to (1), why not?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
(1) Yes.
      (2) The Attorney General is currently considering a submission from his department to draft a bill to amend the Fines, Penalties and Infringement Notices Enforcement Act 1994 that should reduce the level of incarceration for non-payment of fines.
(3) Not applicable.