1178. Hon ALISON XAMON to the Leader of the House representing the Attorney General:
I refer to the government’s welcome commitment to reform the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act. Will a bill amending the act be introduced into Parliament this year?
Hon SUE ELLERY replied:
I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.
The government is progressing work on a bill to repeal and replace the —
Hon Nick Goiran interjected.
The PRESIDENT: Leader of the House.
Hon SUE ELLERY: The government is progressing work on a bill to repeal and replace the Criminal Law (Mentally Impaired Accused) Act 1996 in line with a number of commitments taken to the 2017 election. This bill is a high priority for the McGowan government, but it is a particularly complex piece of legislation. The new bill is currently being drafted and a comprehensive implementation plan is being developed. It will be introduced into Parliament following consultation with key stakeholders, which is critical in light of the complexity of the matters involved.
Several members interjected.
The PRESIDENT: Order!