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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1534..


Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The $28 000 to 31 December 2002 was for expenditure to that date for a Feasibility Study covering both an Accommodation Options study for the Emergency Services Bureau (ESB) Headquarters as well as a new helipad for the ACT Bushfire and Emergency Services on the Snowy Hydro SouthCare Base in Hume.

(2) The study is ongoing and will be completed in the current financial year within budget.

(3) The Feasibility Study when completed will determine the benefit to the community, as well as to the ACT Bushfire and Emergency Services.

(4) Following on from my answer to (1), ESB are undertaking a joint Feasibility Study in order to minimise administrative costs, with costs being apportioned to each component on a pro-rata basis. The $28 000 to 31 December 2002 was a total study expenditure for both projects as opposed to helipad expenditure alone. This reporting matter has been rectified in the March financial quarter. Helipad expenditure to date is $11 000.

Australian Federal Police-security arrangements

(Question No 608)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 3 April 2003:

(1) Has the Australian Federal Police:

a) established a 24 hour police operations centre for the duration of hostilities against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq;

b) tightened security around embassies and High Commissions for the duration of hostilities against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq;

c) tightened security around vital infrastructure such as dams for the duration of hostilities against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq;

d) tightened security around national institutions such as Parliament House for the duration of hostilities against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq;

e) tightened security around Commonwealth Government Departments and agencies for the duration of hostilities against Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq;

(2) If so, how may additional resources have been devoted to each task and what is the approximate cost.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:


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