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Committee Details

Joint Select Committee upon Victims Compensation

Minutes of the 17th November - Legislative Council
The House resolved on 27 November 1996, on the motion of Mr Whelan:

“(1) That a Joint Select Committee be appointed to inquire and report on:

(a) alternative methods of providing for the needs of victims of crime, in
particular that of providing counselling and other services to victims. In
examining these alternatives, the Committee should have regard to:

(i) the total cost both initially and over time of any alternative examined by
the Committee in comparison with the cost of continuing the Victims
Compensation Fund, either in its present form or any amended form;
(ii) the competing demands of other sectors of the community for public funds
and the desire to have greater certainty and control over the cost of the Fund;
(iii) the extent of services already available to victims of crime, being
either specific services or general services which may be accessed by victims
of crime;
(iv) any duplication in or the need to enhance these services; and
(v) the possibility and means of funding any alternative other than through
public funds; and

(b) the long term financial viability of the Victims Compensation Fund, having
regard to:

(i) any projected or actual increase in the take up rate by eligible victims;
(ii) any projected or actual increase in number and size of awards;
(iii) any projected or actual increase in the size of awards through the appeal
process;
(iv) the effect upon costs of different threshold claim levels;
(v) the effect upon costs of monetary compensation being limited to victims of
crime with serious or permanent injuries;
(vi) the availability of sources of funding other than the Consolidated Fund
and the costs that may be incurred in collecting these funds; and
(vii) any changes in the administration of the Victims Compensation Fund or the
process of assessing awards which may restrain escalation costs.

(2) That the Committee consist of 5 Members of the Legislative Assembly and 4
Members of the Legislative Council.

(3) That the Legislative Assembly Members comprise:

(a) 3 Government Members nominated in writing to the Clerk of the House by the
Leader of the House; and
(b) 2 Opposition Members nominated in writing to the Clerk of the House by the
Leader of the Opposition.

On 5 December 1996, the Legislative Council resolved:

(1) That this House agrees to the Legislative Assembly’s Message of 27 November
1996 for the appointment of a Joint Select Committee on Victims Compensation.
(2) That the Legislative Council members of the Committee comprise:

(a) 2 Government Members nominated in writing to the Clerk of the House by the
Leader of the Government;
(b) 1 Opposition member nominated in writing to the Clerk of the House by the
Leader of the Opposition; and
(c) Mr Jones.

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