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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (3 Junes) . . Page.. 1633..


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

MADAM SPEAKER (Mrs Dunne) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional custodians, and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.

Petition

The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mrs Jones, from 274 residents:

Crime—car tyre slashing—petition No 10-14

Catch the Narrabundah tyre slasher

This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly the lack of resources applied to stopping the ongoing crime of tyre slashing in Narrabundah and Griffith.

Petitioners therefore request the Assembly to provide additional resources to stop this crime and apprehend the culprit.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.

MRS JONES (Molonglo), by leave: For over a decade, the people of Narrabundah and Griffith have suffered attacks on their vehicles in the night from someone who has become known as the Narrabundah tyre slasher. The tyre slasher has ruined hundreds of tyres and cost residents thousands of dollars in repair and replacement. He has no regard for the property of these people and perhaps considers himself some kind of legend. I consider him to be a law-breaker and a criminal, and I would like to see him apprehended and stopped.

The tabled petition has been widely supported and has been signed by 274 members of the community. Of those people, 74 have suffered personal attacks by the tyre slasher. Sixteen of them have been attacked more than three times. And there are two people I have met who have been attacked more than 10 times. One of those who have suffered more than 10 attacks is a woman who suffers from cerebral palsy and has absolutely had enough of being victimised by this criminal.

The petition calls on the government and the minister to commit sufficient resources to resolve this ongoing criminal activity. It is not acceptable that for more than a decade residents have suffered at his hands. Residents have told me about their thoughts and concerns as victims and witnesses of the effect this person has had on local residents.


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