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Wednesday, 21 September 1994
Page: 1034

Senator BELL —On behalf of Senator Kernot I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, she will move:

  That the Senate—

  (a)notes that 21 September 1994 marks the first anniversary of the miscarriage of justice compensation claim by Mr Kelvin Ronald Condren;

  (b)acknowledges that Mr Condren spent nearly 7 years in prison before the charge of murder against him was withdrawn;

  (c)expresses concern that resolution of Mr Condren's claim is taking so long; and

  (d)notes that:

    (i)this is despite the fact that the Government originally promised an urgent response within 30 days of the lodgment of the claim and the Queensland Attorney-General and Minister for Justice (Mr Wells) is quoted as saying that Mr Condren's case is a miscarriage of justice, and

    (ii)according to comments by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, Mr Dodson, payment of compensation to Mr Condren would be in line with Australia's obligations under Article 14(6) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.