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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 2 Hansard (17 February) . . Page.. 581..

Mr Stefaniak: I can answer the question.

MR HARGREAVES: You could have, Mr Stefaniak. I am surprised that you would flick it across to Mrs Dunne. Heavens above! The fact is that intelligence-led and driven policing was aimed at just that process. In fact, the police will now act on verified evidence. We will collect the evidence together and present it to the courts.

The success of an action in court depends on effective policing, as we know, but it also depends heavily on the amount of information given to police by people who have experienced crime in the community at large. The partnership between the community and the police, particularly through the information collected on Crimestoppers, goes to the collection of a body of evidence, which means that the police will act with a considerably greater degree of certainty to compile sufficient evidence so that once a person is charged there will be a more successful outcome in court. The simple fact is that we are doing it better at the moment. Just watch this space a little later.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mrs Dunne?

MRS DUNNE: Yes. My supplementary question, Mr Speaker, is: has the Labor Party policy of reducing resources for criminal investigations from $90 per person to $54 per person caused the ACT to have the country's highest rate of failed prosecutions?

MR SPEAKER: Order! The minister is not responsible for Labor Party policy.

Mr Hargreaves: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I was going to say that I am not responsible for Labor Party policy.

MR SPEAKER: Just sit down.

MRS DUNNE: I would like to rephrase the question, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You can rephrase the question.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you. Sorry, I misheard you, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: You have been here long enough to get it right most times.

MRS DUNNE: Has the reduction in criminal investigations from $90 per person to $54 per person caused the ACT to have the country's highest level of failed prosecutions?



MRS BURKE: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services. When will ACT Housing commence construction of the 12 houses destroyed at Pierces Creek in the bushfires?

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