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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 8 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2528..

Crime Statistics

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, Mr Humphries. I was interested to hear the Leader of the Opposition's recent comments about the ACT's crime rates.

Mr Stanhope: Gee they must have stung you, Gary. I have never seen such a hysterical response.

Mr Humphries: Not as much as they are going to sting you, Mr Stanhope.

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! Mr Hird has the call.

MR HIRD: I might be down but I am not out yet, Mr Speaker. If those gentlemen over there had been awake, I know that in anticipation-

Mr Stanhope interjecting-

MR SPEAKER: Just ask the question, please.

MR HIRD: They keep interjecting, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: I will deal with that.

MR HIRD: Yes, well I wish you would, sir, and I know you will at the appropriate time. Mr Speaker, I suppose I should repeat my question.

MR SPEAKER: Please do.

MR HIRD: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The question is to the Minister for Justice and Community Safety, Mr Humphries. I know that the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Stanhope, has taken a great deal of interest in this matter. I was interested to hear the recent comments of the Leader of the Opposition about the ACT crime rates. Minister, is the Leader of the Opposition-that is, Mr Stanhope at this moment-correct when he suggests crime is out of control within the territory?

MR HUMPHRIES: I thank Mr Hird for that question. It is a good question, given what has been said about crime in this community in the last little while.

Mr Stanhope: Sixty seconds and they are gone.

MR SPEAKER: Somebody will get a three-hour suspension sentence very shortly if they are not careful.

MR HUMPHRIES: It could take less than 60 seconds for Mr Stanhope to be gone is what you are saying, Mr Speaker. Perhaps he is commenting on his leadership-60 seconds and he is gone in a party room coup. That could be quite possible, too.

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