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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (12 April) . .

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MR WALL: Minister, when did you become aware of the meeting between the corrections employee and the well-known bikie figure? Was the employee cleared to meet with that individual or was there previous documentation of a potential conflict of interest because of that relationship?

MR RATTENBURY: I have been aware of this matter for some time. It has been raised with me in a number of different ways. When I was first made aware of it, I undertook a number of steps to ensure that the matter was looked into and that the sorts of procedures I have just described for investigating the potential for a conflict of interest were followed.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, will you undertake to report back to the Assembly about the incident and the activities of bikie gangs in the AMC? And is there an investigation underway into the meeting reported by the Canberra Times?

MR RATTENBURY: Madam Speaker, it is a difficult question to answer. What Mrs Dunne actually wants me to report back on is people's TV viewing habits or what else they are doing at the AMC. I do not think that is a—

Mrs Dunne interjecting—

MR RATTENBURY: I do not believe that it is a sufficiently clear question in order for me to be able to respond. I can assure Mrs Dunne and all the members of the opposition that, as I outlined in the budget debate this morning, we have just committed significant new resources to intelligence at the AMC to combat the exact sorts of concerns that Mrs Dunne and others are questioning. It would be, in most cases, I think, unhelpful to reveal the full work that that intelligence team is doing, because it would obviously have the potential to disclose sources, and I do not think that is helpful. In terms of the specific matter, as was reported in the Canberra Times, that matter has been investigated and there have been found to be no issues raised by that investigation.

Access Canberra—service enhancements

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Minister for Regulatory Services. Minister, how is Access Canberra helping to better serve a growing community more efficiently, including through increasing its online offerings?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cheyne for her question and her dedication to good services for our local Canberrans. I am pleased to say that Access Canberra is continuing to modernise its service to allow Canberrans to interact in the easiest possible way. That is why they now have over 300 services available online. This includes everything from vehicle registration renewals to event planning and the very popular drivers licence renewals. In fact, since it launched, Access Canberra has received over 13,000 drivers licence renewal applications online, which is saving Canberrans a significant amount of time.

Access Canberra will keep rolling out services in online forms into the future. I look forward to announcing another major service that it provides going online in the


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