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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 4 Hansard (10 April) . . Page.. 969..

Police numbers

MR QUINLAN (Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Business and Tourism, Minister for Sport, Racing and Gaming and Minister for Police, Emergency Services and Corrections) (6.41): Mr Speaker, I rise to do a little grovelling in relation to police numbers. I am glad that Mrs Dunne and Mr Stefaniak are here. I have in front of me "Labor's Making Canberra Safer Again", which says under "Police Numbers":

Labor will progressively increase police numbers by 20 over the next three years.

I have in front of me also Labor's financial statement, also published, which says:

The Liberal Government has allowed the ratio of police officers per head of population to slide to unacceptably low levels. Labor will progressively increase police numbers by 20 over the next three years.

This is in addition to the 2001-02 ACT Budget funding for 10 additional police officers in Gungahlin.

Twenty plus 10 is 30. It ain't rocket science, as I said before. But the thing that I did get wrong is that you have an additional 10 in your forward promises. I was not aware of that 10. I have done my homework and apologise. I did enjoy opening the Gungahlin police station, where the first of our 30, the 10 for this year, have taken up duty.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.43 pm.

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