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

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will you guarantee no jobs will be lost as a result of your cuts?

MS BURCH: This is where we get into the rule in and rule out. I think all of us on this side understand the need to quarantine and make sure that front-line services, those officers on the beat, are maintained, and we will give that guarantee.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, how many jobs do you plan to cut from ACT Policing to meet these efficiency gains?

MS BURCH: The rulers of the blunt instruments over there only see general savings as loss of staff, and that is not always the answer.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, why will you not rule out job cuts?

MS BURCH: I think I have been quite clear. Anyone who has asked me this has been told that front-line services will be maintained. At the moment the purchasing agreement has an FTE of 932. There are more full-time equivalent positions within ACT Policing. Does that mean if we go under any particular measure on any particular day that is a loss of workers? I do not think so.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson.

MS BURCH: ACT Policing are well resourced, they serve this community well, they have general savings to make and they will do it. As the attorney has indicated, quarter after quarter, ACT Policing are serving our community well and crime trends go down.

Economy—policy

MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, could you please outline what the government is doing to encourage job growth and investment in the territory?

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! Before I call the Chief Minister, Mr Hanson, you have been incessantly interjecting throughout question time. I have called you to order on a number of occasions. You need to consider whether you want to stay in question time.


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