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Wednesday, 31 August 2016
Page: 266


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:14): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The government acknowledges that any death in custody is tragic and it also acknowledges the anniversary of Ms Dhu's tragic death. The government is committed to delivering better outcomes for our first Australians and is working with state and territory governments, who have responsibility for the criminal justice systems. This government has acted where state governments have not delivered, including by funding the Custody Notification Service in New South Wales—a lifesaving service that would have ceased if not for the action of this government. However, in relation to this motion, I can advise Senators Siewert and Lines that, in 1997, the government ceased reporting on the implementation of the royal commissions' recommendations and stated that it had implemented all the recommendations that it supported.

Question agreed to.