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30 April 2019

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY (14:52): I seek leave to make a brief explanation before asking the Leader of the Government, representing the Attorney-General, a question concerning a decision made by the state Coroner.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: I was contacted by a constituent whose father suicided in the 1980s whilst a member of the South Australia Police. My constituent was only nine at the time of her father's death and she has recently embarked on a personal journey to get to know her father and better understand him as a person. As part of this process, my constituent asked if I could assist her with obtaining a copy of the coronial file. I wrote to the Coroner in late January and received the following letter in late March in response. I seek leave to table the letter from the Coroner to me.

Leave granted.

The Hon. J.A. DARLEY: In my request, I asked that the file be provided with sensitive information redacted; however, the Coroner has refused release of the entire file. My questions are:

1. Is the Attorney-General aware of the state Coroner's decision to refuse this request?

2. Is the Attorney aware of any other circumstance where coronial files have been refused outright rather than provided with sensitive information redacted?

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Response

4 June 2019

The Hon. R.I. LUCAS (Treasurer) (14:53): I will refer the honourable member's question to the Attorney and bring back a reply.

The Hon Rob Lucas MLC: "I have been advised the following:

1. The Attorney-General was not aware of the State Coroner's response to

Hon John Darley MLC of 28 March 2019 before the question was asked and

the letter tabled.

2. Certain material specified in the Coroners Act 2003 can only be inspected

with the permission of the State Coroner. It is a matter for the State Coroner

as to how he exercises his discretion.

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