Legislative Council: Tuesday, November 28, 2023


Police Complaints

In reply to the Hon. T.A. FRANKS ().15 November 2023).

The Hon. K.J. MAHER (Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, Attorney-General, Minister for Industrial Relations and Public Sector): I am advised by South Australia Police:

On 8 November 2023, the Commissioner of Police determined to authorise both the disclosure and publication of information in relation to this complaint and investigation as it was in the public interest to do so.

Further the Commissioner issued an authority pursuant to sections 45 and 46 of the Police Complaints and Discipline Act 2016 allowing for the lawful disclosure and publication of CCTV footage related to police and a man at a care facility in Southern District on 26 October 2023.

The effect of the commissioner's authorisation was to allow others to publish the relevant CCTV footage, which was already in the public domain. SAPOL has never published the relevant footage however it was made available through local media outlets.

There is no end date to the commissioner's authority.