Page 931 - Week 03 - Thursday, 30 March 2023

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Minister’s directorate, and our union partners. I also particularly want to thank Ben, in my office, for the hard work that has gone into coordinating all of this feedback and input, culminating in the presentation of this bill.

This bill will protect the community, align the ACT with other jurisdictions, and ensure that Canberrans can have greater confidence in the health services they receive from healthcare workers who are not registered under the national law. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Parton) adjourned to the next sitting.

Justice and Community Safety—Standing Committee

Reference

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (11.30): I move:

That:

(1) this Assembly notes that:

(a) in 2013, the ACT Government removed $15 million from the budget for ACT Police;

(b) at that time, the Australian Federal Police Association said ACT Policing could not be expected to provide the same level of policing service, saying “Canberra is a growing city that requires increasing police services, not less.”;

(c) despite claiming in 2019 that the ACT Government would make a “record investment” and recruit “69 new officers in the coming years” the number of ACT police sworn officers has actually fallen;

(d) in their 2021 budget submission, the Australian Federal Police Association said “The Association has been continuously drawing the Government’s attention to under-resourcing – both for staff and infrastructure – for a number of years.”; and

(e) in 2023, the Chief Police Officer stated, “the number of police we have currently needs to be increased to meet current and future demand”, and also “there is not just needed to be a conversation about numbers, but also about equipment and resources…we need to ensure we have fit-for-purpose infrastructure.”;

(2) that this Assembly refers the matter of resources for ACT Police to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety to inquire into the current and future requirements for ACT Police, including but not limited to funding, personnel, equipment and infrastructure; and

(3) the Committee report back to this Assembly no later than 29 June 2023.

Members, what I will be saying today has been said, in many cases, many times in this place over the past couple of years. But what we are doing today provides us with a way forward. The facts have been pretty well established and the case has been made about police resourcing.

What today gives us is a way forward because, ultimately, what we have seen from this government is a denial that there is a problem and a refusal to act. It is only since


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