Death of Michael Pestano and Victims Compensation
The Hon. PETER BREEN: My question without notice is directed to the Minister for Finance, representing the Attorney General. Is the Minister aware that the relatives of murdered standover man Michael Pestano were awarded victims compensation of $50,000? Is the Minister aware that Mr Pestano was killed by Tim Nan in self-defence while Mr Pestano was engaged in unlawful activity? Why did the Victims Compensation Authority pay money to the relatives of Mr Pestano? Is New South Wales the only jurisdiction in Australia where such a claim would be paid? When will the Minister take steps to prevent payments from the Victims Compensation Authority when those payments reward unlawful activity?
The Hon. JOHN DELLA BOSCA: It is my understanding that such steps have already been taken. I will obtain a detailed answer from the Attorney General and provide it to the member as soon as possible.