Tasmanian Labor welcomes the Attorney General’s announcement that the government will soon introduce new laws to ensure deaths relating to family violence are properly examined.
Minister Archer’s announcement in the Parliament today follows her intervention in the Jari Wise case earlier this year, directing the coroner to hold an inquest into Jari’s death in 2020.
Labor supports the introduction of ‘Jari’s Law’, and supported the direction for a coronial inquest, which will go some way to giving Jari’s grieving family some of the closure they seek and have the right to.
The decision follows a courageous and determined campaign by Jari’s mother Faith Tkalak and we congratulate Minister Archer on making the right decision.
Ultimately, nothing will bring Jari Wise back, but a coronial inquest will provide Jari’s family and loved ones with some closure and new laws will help ensure other families don’t have to go through hurt and distress in trying to seek justice for their loved ones.
It’s important that Jari Wise’s legacy will include new Tasmanian laws to make sure coronial inquests are conducted in future whenever family violence is known or suspected to have been a factor in someone’s death.
September 05 2023