My question is to the Attorney-General.
It is about a serious sex offender’s failure (because of a lack of any available holding cells) to appear in the Shepparton County Court on 31 January for sentencing over his sexual assaults of three girls under the age of 10.
The judge in the case, Mark Taft, called this situation embarrassing, unacceptable and disgraceful, and said it showed a complete disregard for the victims.
Consequently, I ask: who made the decision not to incorporate holding cells in the design and construction of the $73 million Shepparton County Court building, and why? I also seek clarification of what specific actions have been taken in response to Judge Taft’s comments that his fury over the lack of cells would be taken to the very highest level of the Government.