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

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MR RATTENBURY: I will take that on notice and advise Mr Smyth.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, if the positions have been backfilled, would the combined skill levels now be greater or lesser within the FMU?

MR RATTENBURY: Clearly, given my previous answer to Mr Smyth, and not having that specific information to hand, I am not able to answer Mr Doszpot's question specifically.

What I can say is that I have sought assurance, as I said in my earlier answer, that TAMS has the capability to deliver bushfire preparedness for the coming season. I think it is important that in this sort of environment we are not relying on single individuals to deliver the entire bushfire operational program. Clearly we need to have capability across the entire government to deliver these necessary and vital preparations. So TAMS needs to be in a position, as does the rest of the ACT government, where, if one member is on leave or not available, for a range of reasons, as a unit and as an agency we have the capability to make the necessary preparations.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, have you sought answers since the questions you received from the opposition this week?

MR RATTENBURY: I indicated in my answer on Tuesday that I had recently sought advice as to whether TAMS had the capability to deliver this year's bushfire operational plans. I have received that assurance. I have received it personally and directly from the director-general, who I know has also had conversations with the head of the Emergency Services Agency, to seek information that the head of the ESA is satisfied with the preparations that TAMS are making. I sought those assurances prior to the start of this sitting week. The additional information I have had since then was in response to the question that Mr Smyth asked me on Tuesday, about specific numbers of incident managers level 3, and I provided the answer to Mr Smyth on that yesterday. That is the additional information I have had this week.

ACT Policing—outstanding arrest warrants

MR WALL: My question is to the minister for police. It has been reported in the media in articles such as that in the City News of 30 July 2014 that ACT police were engaged in Operation Azine. This operation was aimed at reducing the number of outstanding arrest warrants across the ACT and particularly targeting those people with outstanding arrests warrants for a range of offences including theft, driving while disqualified, and drink-driving. Minister, how is it possible for outstanding arrest warrants to date back as far as 1995?

MR CORBELL: There are always a range of factors in play in relation to outstanding warrants that have been issued, and they will vary depending on the


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