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on multiple themes, including motor vehicle theft prevention, bicycle security and tradie tool security. I am pleased to see that the victimisation rate for motor vehicle theft has decreased in comparison to previous years. That goes to the resources that we have been providing for ACT police. On those resources, I will reflect again on the CPO’s comments to the JACS committee that Mr Hanson was a member of. He says:
With the police service model in the budget we have received an extra 68.8 FTE and almost $34 million; 28 positions have already been filled and another 23 police officers are graduating from college tomorrow. They will be operational in the ACT in three weeks. Things are well underway.
As you can hear from the CPO, he reflects on the resources that we are providing to ACT Policing. Certainly, if you look at the data on crime and the reduction rate most recently, you will see that coming into play.
MR HANSON: Minister, when will we see a police station for the citizens of Molonglo?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. Our accommodation plan is well underway. We are looking at options for police stations and the renewal of police infrastructure across the ACT. That is in the master plan accommodation model. You will see that we have already started that work in looking at accommodation right across the ACT, particularly the new traffic operations centre at Hume, and looking to renew, in the future, some of the older accommodation that police have at the moment.
Mr Hanson: Point of order, Madam Speaker.
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, resume your seat.
Mr Hanson: The question was not about the renewal of existing facilities but about a police station in Molonglo. Can the minister be direct to that point.
MADAM SPEAKER: Minister, can you provide some reference to that?
MR GENTLEMAN: I was directly talking to that point when Mr Hanson called his point of order.
DR PATERSON: What should residents do if they experience property crime in the ACT?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank the member for her question and her interest in policing across the ACT. You can call police to report your property crime, and you will be able to do it online in the not too distant future. We are looking at opportunities to make it easier for Canberrans to report crime across the ACT. That will free up police to attend to incidents as they occur across the ACT. I think the police are doing an amazing job. That is reflected in the decrease in crime rates across the territory.
Legislation—gendered violence and sexual assault
MR DAVIS: My question is to the Attorney-General. Last night, after the sitting, I watched Grace Tame’s and Brittany Higgins’ powerful addresses to the National