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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2460..


Questions without notice

Policing—protection orders

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Attorney-General, Mr Corbell. Minister, can you advise the Assembly how many protection orders in the ACT are breached on a yearly basis?

MR CORBELL: No, I cannot. I will need to take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Given that there are a large number of protection orders breached in the ACT annually, why was it deemed necessary by ACT Policing to issue a media release on Wednesday, 25 June regarding a 35-year-old woman in Ainslie breaching a protection order, and is this common practice?

MR CORBELL: These are operational decisions made by the police. I would need to seek some advice from the Chief Police Officer as to the particular circumstances.

Planning—Turner

MR MULCAHY: My question is to the Minister for Planning and relates to the development of an unsightly area in Turner. Minister, I understand the Turner Residents Association has made a submission to the government to assist in the development of an area at the end of Sullivans Creek that is unsightly and in need of work. Minister, have you reviewed the submission and can you advise whether any consideration has been given to developing the area?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Mulachy for the question. I have seen some correspondence from the Turner Residents Association. I understand they had a public meeting last month on this matter. This is the first that I was aware of the detailed nature of the group's submission. I am very happy to consider the submission that has been put forward and will happily provide further advice to the Assembly once it has been given that full consideration.

Children—protection

MRS DUNNE: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Children and Young People and relates to the publicity of the removal of four children from their home by ACT Policing on 22 June and the associated press release issued by ACT Policing on Wednesday, 25 June. Minister, ACT Policing state in their release that the children were taken into custody of Care and Protection Services after police contacted them. Minister, what is the standard process initiated between ACT Policing and your department in cases when children are taken into custody and require to be relocated for their own safety?

MS GALLAGHER: The arrangements between ACT Policing and the Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services work very well. We work very closely


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