Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 01 Hansard (Tuesday, 8 February 2022) . . Page.. 66 ..
MADAM SPEAKER: Straight to the supplementary, Ms Clay.
MS CLAY: Minister, what is the benefit of redeveloping existing ACT housing blocks?
MS BERRY: Thank you, Ms Clay, for the question. Was it about the benefit?
MS CLAY: What is the benefit of redeveloping existing ACT Housing blocks?
MS BERRY: Thank you for that clarification. Of course it means that we are able to provide tenants with homes that best meet their needs—that are sustainable, that are modern, that are more flexible in design and that are able to provide tenants with a home that they can live in when they are younger but also when they are ageing. When they need to have modifications on older properties that can be really difficult and time consuming and not meet a particular tenant’s needs; newer properties actually meet the needs of tenants. It also allows Housing ACT to ensure that those homes then relieve some of the maintenance that is required on some of the older properties. What the housing growth and renewal program is all about is making sure that we meet our tenants’ needs as best we can, providing them with properties all across this city, depending on their life circumstances and what their families need.
ACT Policing—crime clearance rates
MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for police. Minister, the latest Report on Government Services shows that the ACT has the lowest clearance rates for property crimes in Australia, at the 30-day mark, including motor vehicle theft at seven per cent clearance, other thefts at 4.8 per cent and unlawful entry with intent at just 3.8 per cent clearance. Minister, can you explain why 93 per cent of all motor vehicle thefts in the ACT are not cleared, which is the worst rate in Australia?
MR GENTLEMAN: It is clear from the 2022 Report on Government Services that Canberrans disagree with the Canberra Liberals scaremongering on police numbers. The ROGS data demonstrates that ACT Policing continues to enjoy the trust and confidence of the community. Canberrans have high perceptions of safety at home, walking in their neighbourhoods and travelling on public transport. In my response to the previous question—
Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please, Minister.
Mr Hanson: The question I asked was very specific to the 93 per cent of motor vehicle thefts in the ACT not cleared, which was from the ROGS data. The minister has gone completely to some other set of data, perhaps in the same report. I ask him to be specific as to why 93 per cent of motor vehicle thefts in the ACT are not cleared, not what he is trying to answer, which is, I think, a public perception of policing in the ACT.