Aboriginal Family Violence

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SpeakersSham-Ho The Hon Helen; Della Bosca The Hon John
BusinessQuestions Without Notice


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    The Hon. HELEN SHAM-HO: My question without notice is directed to the Special Minister of State, representing the Attorney General. I refer to the recent report of the New South Wales Aboriginal Justice Advisory Council entitled Holistic Community Justice, a Proposed Response to Aboriginal Family Violence. What action will the Government take to implement the report's proposal to establish local community-controlled justice and healing centres to effectively deal with Aboriginal family violence? Given that the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research has found that approximately 270 per 100,000 of alleged sexual assault offenders in New South Wales are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, compared with 90 per 100,000 in the general male population, and given that the New South Wales criminal justice system does not appear to be making an impact on these figures, how soon will the New South Wales Government support the implementation of an alternative holistic approach to Aboriginal family violence that involves the Aboriginal community?

    The Hon. JOHN DELLA BOSCA: The honourable member's question is a very good one about an issue that concerns the House deeply. I undertake to get her an answer from the Attorney General as soon as practicable.