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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . .

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I call on the government again to support the Canberra Liberals' call to introduce legislation that provides better protection for our police. Our model creates an aggravated offence for crimes against police officers in the conduct of their duty. We could equally have specific police assault legislation. There are a couple of ways to skin this cow. We would support either model because at the moment police are going out—by their own statements in many cases under-resourced, without the protections that are enjoyed in other states—to keep us safe and they are not getting the support of this government.

Be it the police, be it victims of crime, be it the DPP, be it the courts, be it resourcing, be it sentencing, what we are seeing from this government is lethargy and what we are seeing is a focus that is far more about supporting and providing resources to the people who are perpetrating crime, rather than those who are trying to implement justice and keep our streets safe.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.27 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Health—nurse-led walk-in centres

MR HANSON: My question is to the Minister for Health. Minister, the government now operates two walk-in centres in the ACT. What is the cost of each occasion of service in these centres?

MS GALLAGHER: I think there is a question on notice. I did reply, didn't I?

Mr Hanson: You did reply; indeed.


Mr Hanson: Can you remember your reply? You might want to advise the Assembly.

MS GALLAGHER: It was going to divert too many resources to answer it, and we would happily provide you with a briefing, which is still on offer. I think it was a four-page question with about 100 subsets.

Mr Hanson: Very thorough.

MS GALLAGHER: It was very thorough, but I did feel that a lot of those issues could be addressed cheaply with the expertise from the directorate.

Mr Hanson: Perhaps you can answer my question now, Chief Minister.

MS GALLAGHER: I cannot give you an exact figure, Mr Hanson. I am trying to go back through my memory as we speak, to recall the figure I last saw. I think it would be better to inform the Assembly of the accurate figure.

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