Prisoner Compensation Ban To Be Debated

by Desk Editor on Wednesday, May 2, 2012 — 10:57 AM

The issue of prisoners’ compensation will be debated in Parliament Today.

The Prisoners’ and Victims’ Claims (2012 Expiry and Application Dates) Amendment Bill is another piece of temporary legislation on the issue and seeks to ensure that any compensation paid to prisoners is redirected to victims or services to victims.

The Bill amends the Prisoners’ and Victims’ Claims Act 2005 (the 2005 Act) to extend the restrictions on the awarding of compensation for one more year from 1 July 2012 until 30 June 2013.

The current temporary regime expires on 30 June 2012. The Government’s intended permanent regime is in the Prisoners’ and Victims’ Claims (Redirecting Prisoner Compensation) Amendment Bill 2011 which was introduced on 13 October 2011. This is still awaiting its first reading and is described in Bills Digest 1943.

The first reading of the bill is due to take place after the two hour debate on the report of the Finance and Expenditure Committee on the Budget Policy Statement and Question Time.
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