Aboriginal Death In Custody

02 May 2006 questionsarchive

A supplementary question put forward to the Hon. CARMEL ZOLLO regarding Aboriginal Death In Custody.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I have a supplementary question. In relation to the report to be tabled at a future date, can the minister guarantee that it will have a broad-ranging term of reference? By that I mean not just to examine departmental processes—

The PRESIDENT: Order! There are no explanations in supplementary questions.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I need to explain what I am asking.

The PRESIDENT: You are making an explanation.

The Hon. J.M.A. LENSINK: I will bring it to a head.

Will the minister guarantee that the report will be broadranging and will include contributing factors such as the shortage of beds at James Nash House, the lack of mental health nurses, other shortages in staff, and issues in relation to the correctional services staff being under pressure due to lack of resources?

The PRESIDENT: You expressed a number of opinions as well as explanations in that. The minister can answer if she wishes.

The Hon. CARMEL ZOLLO: I will be tabling a report as per, I think, subsection (25) of the Coroners Act. Although I have yet to table a report, I think the normal procedure is that the recommendations that are made by the Coroner will be responded to by the departments.