Page 67 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 8 February 2022
MADAM SPEAKER: Go to the ROGS data around vehicle rates, please.
MR GENTLEMAN: Indeed, Madam Speaker. Of course, police work as hard as they can to identify the perpetrators of stolen vehicles. I encourage them to keep doing that very important work. But it is difficult sometimes; the perpetrators are skilled in ensuring they can cover their tracks where they possibly can. Detailed investigations of those thefts occur. Quite often we see that perpetrators will use those vehicles for other crimes. They are therefore tracked down during that criminal investigation process as well.
I encourage police to continue to do the important work they do. Of course, they have done some incredibly good work over recent times in catching burglars and catching motor vehicle thieves as well. On Monday, 10 January—(Time expired.)
MR HANSON: Minister, why are 95 per cent of other thefts uncleared at 30 days—again, the worst rate in Australia?
MR GENTLEMAN: Of course, our property crime rates overall, in comparison to other jurisdictions, are relatively similar. We do have rates that fluctuate, depending on particular perpetrators. Usually, it is a small group of perpetrators which create the largest amount of crime in these particular areas. Of course, once they are caught, those crime rates go down.
MR PARTON: Minister, why are 96 per cent of cases where a person unlawfully enters a property with intent left uncleared after 30 days—again, the worst in Australia?
MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, the time lines certainly have stretched over the last 12 months. It is in response to the work of business-as-usual.
Mr Parton: The time line’s stretched?
MR GENTLEMAN: Mr Parton, you mentioned 30 days not cleared; this is a time line set for the ROGS, of course. We need to ensure that we can support police to do that investigation, reporting and clearance wherever possible. But they have been stretched. Indeed, over the last couple of weeks, even from earlier this year, police have been stretched across the ACT in dealing with a number of other matters, including COVID. Whilst that drops down we will certainly be supporting them in resourcing and encouraging those numbers to be met.
Environment—Sustainable Household Scheme
MS CLAY: My question is to the Minister for Climate Action and relates to the sustainable household loans scheme. Minister, I am a big fan of the sustainable household loans scheme, but it provides more benefits to home owners and high-income earners than to others. For instance, someone living in an apartment cannot install solar panels; a renter cannot make modifications to the house they rent to upgrade their hot water from gas to electric; and not everyone can afford an EV,