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Question Without Notice No. 1063 asked in the Legislative Council on 24 September 2019 by Hon Jacqui Boydell

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 24 September 2019

SUICIDE PREVENTION — KIMBERLEY

1063. Hon JACQUI BOYDELL to the minister representing the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs:

I refer to my previous question without notice 355 in April about Kimberley suicide prevention.

(1) Has the planned June meeting of the Aboriginal Affairs Coordinating Committee taken place?

(2) Have any meetings occurred after the June meeting; and, if yes, what were the dates of those meetings?

(3) If yes to (1) or (2), will the minister, in the interests of rolled-gold transparency, table the minutes of the meeting or meetings and explain why there is no record of the minutes on the Department of the Premier and Cabinet's website?

(4) If no to (1), why not?

(5) Does the government have an update on the progress of its final response to the coroner's report, including a date when we can expect this final response to be tabled?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. The following answer has been provided by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.

(1) Yes.

(2) No.

(3)–(4) The next scheduled meeting of the AACC is on 25 September 2019. The minutes of the June meeting will be endorsed by the AACC at that meeting. Once the minutes have been endorsed, the Department of the Premier and Cabinet will publish a communique of the June meeting on its website.

(5) The government is currently engaging with key Aboriginal stakeholders to provide a final response that has been informed by the Aboriginal community. The Minister for Aboriginal Affairs expects this will be available by the end of the year, as indicated in the statement of intent on Aboriginal youth suicide.