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Monday, 16 September 1985
Page: 539


Senator HAINES —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

That the Senate-

(a) expresses concern at the lack of uniformity in criminal injuries compensation legislation in Australia; and

(b) urges the Government to instruct the next meeting of Commonwealth and State Attorneys-General to examine ways of achieving uniformity under the following minimum principles:

(i) the maximum amount payable under the existing legislation is inadequate and should be at least $100,000;

(ii) that awards of compensation should be determined on the basis that, on the balance of probabilities, the intended recipient of the award has been the victim of a crime rather than proof of conviction being required; and

(iii) that victims of crime should not have to relive their experience through the trauma of a `second trial' in order to have their compensation determined.