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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (21 March) . . Page.. 1090..


I also acknowledge the longstanding support of the following organisations for their major sponsorship: WIN Television network; the Canberra Times; major sponsor of the Konica Minolta Twenty 20 Challenge, Konica Minolta; Affinity Electrical Technologies, sponsor of the women's premier league; and the Capital radio network and FM 104.7 and FM 106.3.

Cricket ACT could not function with the support of the following: ACT Health, ActewAGL, Albion Hat and Cap, Barlens, CIT, Canberra Investment Corporation, Capital Chemist, Cricket Australia, DiMAGE photography, Fosters Australia, Guinness Peat Group, Jetset Southlands, Jim Murphy's Market Cellars, Kookaburra Sports, Nestle Milo, Power Education, Rydges Capital Hill, Schweppes Australia, Sport and Recreation Services ACT, Sportsmans Warehouse, the Good Guys Tuggeranong, and the Lord's Taverners.

Finally, best of luck to the following teams who will contest the grand finals this weekend: first grade, Queanbeyan v Wests UC; second grade, Norths v Eastlake; third grade, Norths v Queanbeyan; fourth grade, Wests UC v Norths; and fifth grade, Norths Golden Eagles v Queanbeyan. I wish the Canberra cricket community all the best for the continued development of the sport in the region.

Crime—reduction

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo) (6.30): I want to comment on the matter of public importance that was discussed in this place yesterday. As members will recall, the matter was proposed by Ms Hunter and related to the importance of taking an evidence-based approach to reducing crime in the ACT. The discussion that took place was certainly enlightening.

Ms Hunter started the discussion and talked about groundbreaking research released last week in New South Wales. Conducted over 12 years, the research by the New South Wales Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research looked at the impacts that three key variables had on crime levels. The attorney then followed and made comments about the strategy the government is taking to property crime and alcohol-fuelled violence, both important areas where the ACT does need to spend time and effort.

So far so good, you may think. An intelligent debate was occurring about an important topic—crime reduction. Then Mr Hanson entered the debate. What followed was so off topic and so missed the point that it was an embarrassment to him, his status as shadow police spokesperson and the Canberra Liberals. Not once did he engage in the topic of an evidence-based response to crime.

It has been said that the Canberra Liberals' policy cupboard is bare. If ever there was proof, it occurred when Mr Hanson stood up and spoke yesterday. It was a great disappointment that we got nothing from Mr Hanson that contributed to the policy discussion. What we did get was false accusations and misrepresentations about me, and I would like to correct the record.


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