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Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017



Coroners Act In the matter of the Coroner's Findings and Recommendations regarding the death of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack dated 14 March 2017

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ATTACHMENT B <.'-' I I v ()l\:lO - N f.,.l~ Rf:CEfVED 0 1 FEB 2017 MINISTER FYLES' OFFICE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE The Hon Natasha Fyles MLA Attorney-General and Minister for Justice GPO Box 3146 DARWIN NT 0801 Dear Attorney-General MIN2017/0001: OurRef I refer to your letter dated 31 October 2016, enclosing the findings of the Northern Territory (NT) Coroner, Mr Greg Cavanagh SM, regarding the deaths of Ms Wendy Murphy and Ms Natalie McCormack in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The Coroner made the following recommendations to the NT Government relevant to the NT Police Force (NTPF) and I provide my response to each, as follows: 266. That Police continue to pursue the use of body worn cameras and a change to the legislation so as to allow those matters captured on camera to be used as evidence-in-chief. On 30 November 2016, the Justice Legislation Amendment (Body Worn Video and Domestic Violence Evidence) Bill 2016 was introduced into the NT Legislative Assembly, with the Bill expected to be debated in the February 2017 Sittings. The roll-out of body worn cameras to all NTPF members commenced in September 2016 and is nearing completion. As such, I consider the requirements of this recommendation to be met, pending commencement of the legislation. 267. That consideration by the NT Government be given to introducing offender reporting legislation to allow NT Police to target and monitor recidivist offenders who continue to commit domestic violence at high rates. ~~~--- ~~---~-----~-~-~~---~----~~-~---~- ~ ~--~~~----~ Working in partnership with the community to ensure a safe and resilient Northern Territory- www~police~nt.gov.au NAB House 71 Smith Street Darwin Northern Territory Australia 0800 PO Box 39764 Winnellie Northern Territory Australia 0821 Telephone 61-8-890 I 0212 Facsimile 61-8-890 I 0250

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