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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 4 Hansard (3 April) . . Page.. 1535..


It is Australian Federal Police (AFP) policy not to comment on issues of national security. Whilst AFP ACT Policing has declined to specifically answer the questions asked, the public is assured that appropriate security arrangements have been enacted. The following information about ACT Policing security arrangements in the current climate of war have to date been released to the public:

uniformed patrols of key premises, establishments and facilities in the ACT have been increased;

an ACT Policing liaison officer has been maintaining close liaison with the AFP national headquarters which is monitoring national security arrangements through an Incident Coordination Centre;

the ACT Police Operations Centre is on "immediate activation"alert to respond to any major incidents that may arise;

the Specialist Response and Security team is equipped and remains on alert; and

members have been rostered and placed on standby to provide appropriate response to any protests.

Autism

(Question No 609)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services, upon notice:

In relation to facilities for students with autism:

(1) What has been delivered to students with Autism for the $21,000 expended as at 31 December 2002 as part of this project;

(2) Were any more funds expended between 31 December 2002 and 31 March 2003, if so, please provide funding details and what was delivered for that funding, if not, why not;

(3) What will be delivered for the remaining funds - $84,000 as at 31 December 2002.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to Mr Pratt's question is:

(1) The funds expended to 31 December 2002 were spent at North Ainslie Primary School for the minor upgrade of the existing autism unit as well as providing an enclosure for this unit.

(2) The following funds were expended between 31 December 2002 and 31 March 2003:

Palmerston Primary School ($10,000) - establishment of an autism unit

Campbell High School ($20,000) - establishment of an autism unit.

Maribyrnong Primary School ($4,000) - modifications to fencing for autism unit


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