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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 9 Hansard (20 August) . . Page.. 2435..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

to find another $14 million and provide an additional $14 million to the hospital, but he does not say where the $14 million would come from.

Mrs Dunne: Yes, he does. He says exactly where it would come from.

MR STANHOPE: He does not say where it would come from.

Mr Smyth: Read further down.

MR STANHOPE: He actually says that he would apply to health the money that is to be applied to land development.

Mr Smyth: But you just said that I did not tell you where it would come from. You have contradicted yourself. Perhaps you should apologise.

MR STANHOPE: Take another look at the budget, Mr Smyth. There is no money in the budget for that, Mr Smyth; that is forgone revenue. It is forgone revenue, Mr Smyth. Those are not real dollars; they are dollars that are forgone. Mr Smyth, do you understand the difference between revenue and revenue forgone? You are spending forgone revenue on elective surgery. Prong one of Mr Smyth's four-pronged approach is about spending forgone revenue-the revenue forgone on land development-on elective surgery. Go and get your budget papers, Mr Smyth; you are embarrassed. We will do without that prong, prong one, about finding $7 million of forgone revenue-a big search would be required for that-and spending it on elective surgery. I do not think I need to go through the other three prongs, but I would be happy to do so.

MR SPEAKER: Before I go to the next question, I welcome to our gallery for question time today a delegation from the Liaoning government and the Hunan government.

Crime statistics

MS GALLAGHER: My question is to the minister for police, Mr Quinlan. The recent release of the end-of-year crime statistics pointed to a number of positive results for the ACT community. Can the minister outline to the Assembly some of these positive results?

Mr Stefaniak: Operation Anchorage was great.

MR QUINLAN: Mr Speaker, over the last decade we have had an increase in crime levels in the ACT. It is somewhat comforting that there was a decrease in 2000-01 and 2001-02. It is difficult to differentiate as to the cause in recent times. I heard Operation Anchorage mentioned across the room. I think that it did have an effect.

Mr Humphries: It had a big effect.

MR QUINLAN: Yes. There are pluses and minuses with a process like Operation Anchorage which pulls in every available resource for an all-out effort on crime detection and the clearing up of cases because it exhausts the force. I think that experience over time has shown that we see after such an operation a return to higher levels, but the levels still decreased over 2001-02. It has been claimed that some of that


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