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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2000 Week 8 Hansard (29 August) . . Page.. 2530..


MR HUMPHRIES (continuing):

to be Mr Hargreaves' campaign manager. What a coincidence. Well, well! It turns out that he is very much afraid for his safety.

Mr Moore: I wonder what Media Watch would do with this.

MR HUMPHRIES: I wonder what Media Watch would make of something like this.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, on a point of order: is it necessary for the minister to respond so loud and long just because he is stinging?

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order.

Mr Hird: On that point of order, Mr Speaker: would you ask those honourable gentlemen opposite to be honourable and to stop interjecting while I am trying to hear the minister's response to my question.

MR HUMPHRIES: The fact is that those opposite cannot get their act together when it comes to dealing with issues relating to crime in this community. We have one thing from the Leader of the Opposition and another thing from the opposition spokesman on police. We have Mr Hargreaves, for example, in this article in the Southside Chronicle, calling for the installation of security cameras in Woden. If I am not mistaken, I thought the opposition were opposed to any security cameras being installed around our city until there is a trial of security cameras in the Civic area of our city.

Mr Hargreaves: Which is supposed to be over by now, and it has not started.

MR HUMPHRIES: Mr Speaker, I am really having difficulty in making myself heard.

MR SPEAKER: Order, please! Silence.

MR HUMPHRIES: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The fact is that Mr Stanhope says he does not want cameras until there has been an assessment of the trial in Civic. Mr Hargreaves says, "Where are the cameras? I want cameras now. I want them all over the ACT. I want them in buses, I want them in the Woden interchange, I want them all over Woden."

Mr Hargreaves: No, I did not.

MR HUMPHRIES: Well you tell me how-

Mr Hargreaves: You read it. Go to school and learn to read.

MR HUMPHRIES: Then tell me, Mr Hargreaves, how this is consistent with a claim not to beat up facts on crime in this community, not to beat up scare on crime in this community? The fact is that crime in the Woden region is falling, including crimes of the kind that you have drawn attention to in this article.

Mr Hargreaves: Is that right?


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