Page 1941 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023
Budget 2023-2024—ACT Policing
DR PATERSON: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you advise the Assembly of what funding the ACT government has provided to ACT Policing as part of the 2023-24 ACT budget?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Dr Paterson—
Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, on a point of order, Mr Barr just made a big hoo-ha about the fact that they can’t answer questions because it is in the budget, and he has just been asked about the budget.
MADAM SPEAKER: Members, please. I take the drift of your point of order. Mr Gentleman, go only to what is already in the public domain.
MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker. I thank Dr Paterson for her interest in the safety of all Canberrans. You would be aware, of course, that I attended the Winchester Police Centre, alongside the Chief Minister and the Chief Police Officer, on Monday of last week to announce this government’s record commitment to ACT Policing. Building on the 60 additional personnel provided through the 2019-20 budget, the ACT government has continued its commitment to enhance community safety by investing over $107 million in ACT Policing over the next five years.
This represents the largest single investment ever made in ACT Policing. The substantial commitment will enable the commencement of an additional annual recruit course for the next five years, further fortifying the ranks of ACT Policing, and allowing for the recruitment of an additional 126 police officers and professional staff over the next five years. This investment in our police—
Mr Hanson interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the question has been asked.
MR GENTLEMAN: will allow for continued funding for the fixated lone-actor grievance-fuelled violence, or FLAG, assessment team. The FLAG team assists with the identification of individuals who present fixated threats to government officials and the ACT community. The FLAG capacity addresses a critical gap at the intersection of law enforcement and health, and seeks to engage in early intervention in high-risk FLAG cases by providing a therapeutic approach to risk management or at-risk individuals in the community. That capability incorporates— (Time expired.)
DR PATERSON: Minister, in addition to the record investment in ACT Policing, has the ACT government provided any further funding to enhance ACT Policing as part of this budget?
MR GENTLEMAN: Yes, we did announce this, too, last Monday, as part of the record investment. The government has provided capital funding to upgrade or