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Monday, January 16, 2006

Lazy Lennon Labor Government still has not signed up to national DNA database

Media Release

Shadow Minister for Police and Public Safety
Monday January 16, 2006

Lazy Lennon Labor Government still has not signed up to national DNA database

Shadow Police Minister Peter Gutwein today demanded the Lennon Labor Government explain why Tasmania still has not signed up to the national DNA database which is part of Crimtrac, the national system to track criminals.

Mr Gutwein said Tasmania and South Australia were the only States not to have signed the memoranda of understanding between CrimTrac and police agencies to commence inter-jurisdictional matching of DNA for the National Criminal Investigation DNA Database (NCIDD) Programme.

Given that other States signed up to the program as far back as 2003, Mr Gutwein said the State Labor Government owed it to the Tasmanian community to explain the extraordinary and unacceptable delay.

“The national DNA database is a powerful new tool in the fight against crime and I find it breathtaking that some three years after other States signed up to the program, Tasmania still has not completed the necessary memorandum of understanding to participate,” Mr Gutwein said.

“It is quite possible that there are crimes that have been committed in Tasmania and other States that may have been solved during this time.

“It is unbelievable that Lennon Labor, which knows full well the benefits of DNA testing, has not yet completed the process of ensuring we are fully participating in the national regime.”

Mr Gutwein said the State Labor Government was lazy and incompetent when it came to ensuring Tasmanians were as protected as they could possibly be from serious criminals.

“For example, it took years of pressure from the State Liberals for the Lennon Labor Government to sign up to the national sex offenders register, and it was one of the last states in Australia to commit to this important protection from paedophilia.

“Labor’s delay in introducing legislation for the sex offenders register was unforgivable and now it appears history is repeating itself in relation to the national DNA database.”

For more information, please contact:
Georgia Warner (03) 6233 2370 or 0418 564 073


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