Page 72 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 8 February 2022

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MR GENTLEMAN: Of course, it is incredibly important that we do have the confidence of Canberrans. We see that in the data reporting on safety across the ACT, and the feeling of wellbeing across the ACT community. So in the worst possible time for Canberra, in the middle of a global pandemic, we see very safe reporting across the ACT, and a very strong feeling of wellbeing and safety in the Canberra community.

MR PARTON: Minister, how will removing face-to-face policing and replacing it with an online system improve the satisfaction situation, given the backlash that we have seen over this so far?

MR GENTLEMAN: This reporting is in addition to the work that police are doing. It is not separate from the work that they are doing. They are adding an extra way of reporting so that they can work more closely with the Canberra community.

Mr Hanson: No. Rubbish!

MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, they are. The Chief Police Officer has made it very clear—

Mr Hanson interjecting


MR GENTLEMAN: I think the tense of this is very important, too, Madam Speaker. He said that they will look at bringing in online reporting over the next 12 months. Contrary to what you hear from the opposition, it is not occurring right now; it will happen in the future with consultation with the Canberra community. I am sure, knowing the good work that ACT Policing have done, and the response that we have had from the Canberra community, that they will work through that, and they will be on the doorstep of where crime is being committed whenever they are needed.

MR HANSON: Minister, if it has nothing to do with online reporting then—

MR GENTLEMAN: Preamble, Madam Speaker.

MR HANSON: why has satisfaction with police interactions declined under your watch?

MADAM SPEAKER: Did you get the question, Mr Gentleman, in order to respond?

MR GENTLEMAN: I will again say that we are not removing face-to-face policing. More police will be out there to respond to the Canberra community, and we have been investing in more police, of course, over the last couple of years—

Mr Parton: Madam Speaker, on a point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, Minister.

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