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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2016 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . .

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, is an ACT agency, that is, not ACT Policing, also conducting any investigation into either of these matters?

MR BARR: No.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, when will the results of these inquiries be made public, and will you be making them public or will it just be the Chief Police Officer?

MR BARR: As I have indicated publicly on about 500 occasions now, the Chief Police Officer will make public statements when the police's investigations have concluded. The Chief Police Officer is undertaking this work and it would be entirely inappropriate of me to be interfering in a police investigation.

ACT Policing—tasers

MR WALL: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, on 6 November, during the 2015 annual report hearings, the Chief Police Officer, Mr Lammers, stated:

I am on the record saying, I think about 12 months ago, that at that point in time I had no desire to roll tasers out past sergeants because I did not see an operational need. In the space of 12 months the environment has changed significantly. The national threat environment has changed significantly.

Minister, will you now roll out tasers beyond sergeants within ACT Policing?

MR CORBELL: I assume that is not a question asking for an announcement of government policy. But I am happy to address the point simply by stating that this is not a matter that the Chief Police Officer has raised with me since my appointment.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, are our front-line police officers at personal risk because tasers have not been issued to all officers?

MR CORBELL: Overall I do not believe so, no.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, are you concerned that members of the public may be at risk by not having front-line officers issues with tasers?

MR CORBELL: No.


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