A- G de­fends ID scan­ners

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

AT­TOR­NEY- GEN­ERAL Yvette D’Ath has backed iden­ti­fi­ca­tion scan­ning for pubs and clubs, in­sist­ing it is work­ing.

Ms D’Ath was grilled on the con­tentious mea­sure dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Es­ti­mates hear­ing.

“There were al­ways go­ing to be some is­sues that arose,” she told the hear­ing.

Ms D’Ath also de­fended her han­dling of the heav­ily redacted youth de­ten­tion re­port, which was reis­sued with hun­dreds more pages vis­i­ble af­ter le­gal ad­vice found sec­tions had been blanked un­nec­es­sar­ily.

Op­po­si­tion at­tor­ney- gen­eral Ian Walker ques­tioned why ca­pac­ity fore­casts for de­ten­tion cen­tres were among the in­for­ma­tion redacted.

“No one could say that that went to any le­gal is­sue … that would jus­tify redac­tion,” Mr Walker said.

Mr Walker also quizzed the At­tor­ney- Gen­eral on La­bor’s anti- bikie crack­down, crit­i­cis­ing the one con­vic­tion so far.

Ms D’Ath said it was one more con­vic­tion than the New­man gov­ern­ment.

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