Page 597 - Week 02 - Thursday, 24 March 2022

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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Pettersson for his interest in keeping Canberrans safe. The government and ACT Policing remain committed to tackling all criminal behaviour in our community, including property crime. ACT Policing is continuing to develop and implement strategies to target property crime offenders, including the establishment of a proactive intervention and disruption team. ACT Policing continues to promote property crime reduction strategies to the community, including the Outsmart the Offender campaign, which provides practical ideas that can be implemented to reduce the risk of motor vehicle theft and other property crime offences. This work is proving to be effective, with our police officers continuing to do an excellent job in ensuring that incidents of property crime remain low.

The ACT has some of the lowest property crime rates in Australia. I am pleased to report that ACT Policing recorded a seven per cent decrease in offences against property in 2020-21, when compared to 2019-20. That is a decrease of 1,256 offences.

While we will never be completely immune to all property crime in our community, ACT Policing responds quickly to incidents of property crime when they do occur. For example, ACT Policing recently arrested a duo in Kaleen following the theft of a Nissan X-Trail from a residence in Bonner. The individuals allegedly had a quantity of stolen property, drug paraphernalia, knives and a number of keys to other vehicles also believed to be stolen. Arrests were also made after recent burglaries in Curtin and Conder, as well as in connection with a burglary in the Canberra Centre involving the theft of $60,000 worth of electronic devices.

I commend all of our ACT Policing officers for their ongoing efforts to prevent and respond to property crime, and I will continue to work with ACT Policing to address the issue into the future and build on their excellent results to date.

Budget—gender equity

MS CLAY: The Office for Women is helping the ACT government apply a gender lens to its budget decisions, but I have heard concerns about progress. Last year I asked a series of questions across directorates to understand how the gender impact assessment tool is being used, and I found out the tool is not being tracked across the Public Service. In recent estimates, we asked about this and heard that gender lens budgeting in other jurisdictions is really successful when it is tracked and integrated in all aspects of government and policy decision-making. We also heard that the wellbeing indicators are being tracked and delivered through the Chief Minister’s office. Have you considered tracking and delivering gender lens budgeting alongside wellbeing indicators in the Chief Minister’s office?

MR BARR: Thanks, Ms Clay, for the question. I presume by the Chief Minister’s office, you mean the directorate, rather than my personal office? What I can advise is that the gender perspective on budgeting is undertaken through the wellbeing impact assessments that are at the core of each business case that comes into the budget process, as well as the policy development process.

So the wellbeing team within the policy and cabinet area of the Chief Minister’s directorate, work with the Office for Women in relation to the progress of gender

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