Page 3937 - Week 12 - Tuesday, 29 November 2022

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MR CAIN: Minister, how will police deal with this extra threat and this extra need for checking on our roads when they are already the lowest-funded police force in our country?

MR GENTLEMAN: I reject Mr Cain’s assertion that they are the lowest-funded police force in the country. As I have said, we resource them each year. In fact, we just signed the agreement last week with the Australian Federal Police for $800 million—plus, of course, the ongoing extra funds we provide for particular operational facilities that the police provide for the ACT, and—

Mr Hanson: You’re misleading the Assembly, mate!

MR GENTLEMAN: it is working—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Enough, Mr Hanson!

MR GENTLEMAN: Their response has been exceptional across the ACT in keeping Canberrans safe. We give them the operational control to be able to use those resources where they see fit, and this is how they have created Operation TORIC, and it has been incredibly successful.

Mr Steel: Madam Speaker, I raise a point of order. Mr Hanson just interjected across the chamber claiming that Mr Gentlemen was misleading the Assembly. He should withdraw that remark, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Withdraw it, Mr Hanson.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, I won’t withdraw it. He was misleading. It is the lowest funded on every single measure.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I have asked you to withdraw it.

Mr Hanson: I can’t withdraw a factual statement. He is misleading the Assembly, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, sit down. You will withdraw or you will move a substantive motion. That is your choice.

Mr Hanson: I call on Mr Gentlemen to withdraw the statement; it is the lowest-funded police—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are warned! You will withdraw or move a substantive motion—or I will name you. So you will need to move substantive motion of misleading or you will be named. So withdraw or be named.

Mr Hanson: I seek leave to move a censure motion on Mr Gentlemen for misleading the Assembly, in that ACT Policing is the lowest-funded police force in Australia?

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