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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 11 Hansard (18 September) . . Page.. 3357..


MR CORBELL: The police deploy all reasonable investigative methodologies to try and ascertain the identity of the individual. I think one of the difficulties police face is that no-one has ever actually been able to identify the individual or provide any witness statements to the acts. Therefore, it is very difficult, but I know police continue to work to try and address these unsolved crimes.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Minister, how should the public report suspicious behaviour they may observe or if they have any concerns about behaviour that has been reported to them?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the supplementary. Members of the public do have a range of avenues open to them if they suspect or see any suspicious activity or wish to report any particular matters to police. Obviously they can contact police directly if it is a non-emergency situation, using the 131 number. Alternatively, if they suspect, know or have some information that they believe would be of benefit to police in apprehending a person who may have committed a crime, that information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers.

Certainly in relation to the incidents that Mrs Jones asked me about in her earlier question, I would say that if members of the public do have information and they do not wish to have their own identity revealed, they can report that information anonymously via Crime Stoppers.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what resources have been allocated to apprehend the perpetrator?

MR CORBELL: Appropriate resources, Madam Speaker.

Planning—land banking

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Planning. At an industry body event in June last year, the Treasurer promised that he would abolish commence and completion fees and fines. Minister, what is your position on this and what consultation have you had with the Treasurer over the matter?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Smyth for the question. Of course, there has been consultation within the government in relation to that matter and a range of steps have been taken to alleviate some elements that the government agrees are of concern in relation to commence and complete fees. As a result of that, the government has changed the structure that applies in relation to commence and complete fees.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: The allegation was that they are there to stop commercial land banking—


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