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Question Without Notice No. 973 asked in the Legislative Council on 5 September 2019 by Hon Nick Goiran

Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 5 September 2019

CORRUPTION AND CRIME COMMISSION — PROSECUTIONS REVIEW

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

My question is to my fellow Eagles fan, the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General.

I refer to the report of the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission, tabled on 17 November 2016, which recommended that the Attorney General undertake a review into the efficiency and effectiveness of the commencement and conduct of prosecutions arising from Corruption and Crime Commission investigations and to table a report on that review within 12 months of the tabling of the Corruption and Crime Commission's annual report for 2016–17.

(1) On what date did that review commence?

(2) Who conducted the review?

(3) On what date was the report on that review tabled?

Hon SUE ELLERY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question. Madam President, I knew that if I tried hard enough I would find something to like about Hon Nick Goiran, and I have!

The PRESIDENT: I know that you are looking for a date for the game, Leader of the House.

Hon Simon O'Brien: It's blossoming.

Hon SUE ELLERY: Yes, it is!

The PRESIDENT: Let us see how long that lasts!

Hon SUE ELLERY: It will be about 25 minutes!

(1) Due to the prorogation of the thirty-ninth Parliament in January 2017, the previous Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission did not have the opportunity to receive a response to this recommendation. Accordingly, an identical recommendation was included in the second report of the Joint Standing Committee on the Corruption and Crime Commission, tabled on 14 September 2017. Subsequent to the tabling of that report, the Attorney General, with the agreement of the joint standing committee, committed to tabling the review within 12 months of the tabling of the CCC's annual report for 2017–18. The CCC's annual report for 2017–18 was tabled on 20 September 2018. The review commenced in December 2018.

(2) The Department of Justice is assisting the Attorney General to undertake the review.

(3) The report on the review will be tabled in due course.