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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . .

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Mr Coe: On a point of order, the question was: who is the current general manager of ACTION buses? I would think the minister would be able to answer that.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, I do not know whether the minister concluded his answer.

MR RATTENBURY: I have finished my answer, thank you.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, who is the current general manager of ACTION buses? And if you do not know, why don't you?

MR RATTENBURY: Madam Speaker, I am going to take some advice on that, because what has happened is that we have restructured the ACTION team and I am trying to think whether that actual title remains in place or not. That is why I have not specifically provided a direct response to that answer. I am happy to take that on notice and come back to the Assembly with clarification. I just want to check the new structure of the team and the titles that are attached to those positions.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Regardless of title, minister, who is running ACTION buses on behalf of the ACT government?

MR RATTENBURY: It depends at which point of the chain Mr Hanson would like me to answer the question. I am the responsible minister. It could be Gary Byles, as the Director-General of TAMS, or Paul Peters, the head of roads and public transport. Exactly how far down the chain does Mr Hanson want me to go?

ACT Policing—budget

MR SMYTH: My question is to the minister for territories—no, sorry; my question is to the minister for police. That was just such a good question without an answer.

Minister, in a Canberra Times article dated 28 April 2015, it was said by the Australian Federal Police Association that budget cuts of $15 million to the ACT's police force will affect front-line services, despite promises that police on the beat will not lose their jobs. The ABC news and the Canberra Times have reported in the last three months that ACT communities had concerns over domestic violence, the use of ice, bikie gangs, and recent homicides.

Minister, did you consult with the AFPA over these pending budget cuts and efficiency gains?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. The general saving measures that the Chief Police Officer is finding through ACT Policing will not impinge on the service or take front-line officers off the beat, so to speak. And as far as any communication with the CPO and the police association is concerned, it is for him to work through it as he finds those general savings.


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