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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 11 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 4289 ..


MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you. The minister has a minute to continue. He may get to satisfy your point, Mr Hanson.

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, the New South Wales police talk to our Chief Police Officer on a regular basis in regard to both outlaw motorcycle gangs and other criminal gang activity. I am very pleased that Mr Hanson is interested in dealing with outlaw motorcycle gangs because I note that members of the opposition voted against the budget that provided resources for police to deal with outlaw motorcycle gangs. In one instance they are happy to talk about outlaw motorcycle gangs and in the next minute they vote against the money that would provide resources to ACT Policing. I think that goes without saying.

MR HANSON: Have police ministers from any other state raised concerns about bikies from their states coming to Canberra to plan criminal acts, which they are unable to do in their own home states?

MR GENTLEMAN: I would have to ask CPO. I have not had any briefing that other chiefs of police have written to us. I do not recall any correspondence from chiefs of police from other jurisdictions to me.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, have ministers raised concerns about unlawful motorcycle gangs at previous police ministers conferences?

MR GENTLEMAN: Indeed, the conversation on criminal gangs occurs at every police ministers meeting. This is a topic of conversation. We take it very seriously. These are criminal gangs operating in the Australian jurisdiction, and my most recent verbal briefing from the Chief Police Officer indicates that it is an international activity where criminal gangs are bringing drugs from other jurisdictions to try to sell across Australia. Canberra is not immune from that. It is a business model that these gangs use. It is occurring in the ACT. We need to resource ACT Policing through Taskforce Nemesis to take action against criminal gangs. That is what we did in this year's budget, and the Liberals voted against it.

Suburban Land Agency—revenue target

MR PARTON: My question is to the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development. Minister, the Suburban Land Agency reportedly missed its revenue target by nearly $200 million last financial year. It has been given a higher revenue target of $701 million this financial year. Can you guarantee that the Suburban Land Agency will meet its revenue target this financial year when it failed to meet the target for last financial year so badly?

MS BERRY: There were a number of reasons behind the targets not being met by the Suburban Land Agency. They included late payments by developers. The Suburban Land Agency board and the CEO are working on ways to ensure that that will not happen in the future, so that targets can be met.

MR PARTON: Minister, to what extent will this increased revenue target result in high land prices and reduced housing affordability?


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