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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 7 Hansard (28 June) . . Page.. 2644..


MR CORBELL: It is not what the government considers. It is what is set out in the territory plan.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.

MS BRESNAN: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you made any commitments to the federal member for Canberra or anyone else regarding the proposed lease variation at Curtin shops?

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, the question does not relate in any way to the previous three questions.

Ms Le Couteur: My question was with regard to planning issues in the Woden Valley. Curtin is in the Woden Valley, so it is hopefully within the scope.

MR SPEAKER: I think the question is out of order. I think there was a clear line around a particular facility in the questioning.

ACT Policing—staffing

MR HANSON: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister. In your statement of government priorities for 2011-12, you stated:

A greater policing presence will be a focus for 2011-12 ...

In the 2011-12 budget, the only additional funding for police staffing is to operationalise the Canberra Liberals' random roadside drug testing legislation. How will an increased police presence be achieved when you have not provided any additional funding for increased police officers?

MS GALLAGHER: I think Mr Hanson needs to go back and have a look at the budget—not just this budget but the budget before. There was some more money for liquor licensing reforms that were introduced by this government, but in previous budgets there have been a number of additions to the police line in the budget to create more police, particularly with a focus on community policing measures. They are being implemented as we speak, Mr Hanson.

It is not only about additional resources; it is about negotiating with the Australian Federal Police the contract and what we would like to see delivered through that contract. I believe that the police minister and the Chief Police Officer have very good and clear strategic objectives and performance outcomes that they are already delivering on. I think we are already seeing that in some of the very pleasing results in crime statistics recently.

So yes, there is more work to be done. I think there are some priority areas around property theft, burglary and motor vehicle theft as a particular focus of the year ahead.


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