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Govt must act on DNA recommendations

Tony Ryall

Opposition Justice Spokesman

9 March 2000

Govt must act on DNA recommendations

The recommendations of two reports released today on DNA testing should be implemented as quickly as possible so DNA data can be used with confidence, said Opposition Justice Spokesman Tony Ryall.

"Mr Goff huffed and puffed when National commissioned the two inquiries but I am pleased they have produced some good recommendations on both laboratory practices and interpretation of data.

"DNA testing is a powerful crime fighting tool and it's important that the data is used correctly so we can be confident of the results.

"While Mr Goff sat on the reports for three months, I hope he moves more quickly to implement the recommendations so we can get on and use DNA testing to solve more crimes.

"Although the report will be cold comfort to the victim in the Howse case, at least the justice system has learned from the mistake. The likelihood of this happening again is mush reduced," Mr Ryall said.

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