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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 4 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1289..


A business case has been prepared for ongoing refurbishment and further works will be considered in a budget context.

Crime-rates

(Question No 221)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) Further to a reply to a question without notice on 16 February 2005 asked by Mr Smyth regarding criminal investigations, could the Minister provide the figures that illustrate, as per your response to this question, how the rates of each type of criminal activity in this town have almost all decreased, in the last 12 months, in double digit figures;

(2) How do each of these numbers rate against the national average right now;

(3) How do they compare against the various other jurisdictional averages right now.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The Member is referred to Tables 29 and 32 of the December 2004 ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile that is tabled quarterly in the Legislative Assembly.

(2) and (3) The only reliable crime data series that compares rates of crime across jurisdictions is the Australian Bureau of Statistics Recorded Crime. The statistics for the 2004 calendar year will not be available until May 2005.

Other data, such as those from state police annual reports or websites, use different counting rules and definitions and should not be compared.

Crime-prevention

(Question No 223)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Service, upon notice, on 8 March 2005:

(1) Were all of the funds allocated as part of the Crime Prevention Fund in 2003-04 expended; if not, why not and what amount was not expended;

(2) Were any funds not spent at the end of 2003-04 rolled over into 2004-05;

(3) What is the total allocation of funds to the Crime Prevention Fund in 2004-05;

(4) How much of that allocation has been expended to date;

(5) On what projects have these funds been expended.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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