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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: Week 9 Hansard (19 August) . . Page.. 3982..

All complaints must be referred by law for formal management by the Professional Standards area. Complaints against police are categorised against the specific failure identified in each complaint and the AFP classification could conceivably but not necessarily include reference to corruption as this term is generally regarded as being too broad for detailed management purposes. The AFP classification of complaints covers all categories including elements relating to matters such as assault, fraud and neglect of duty. There is no heading of corruption.

Where complaints are substantiated, action is taken by the AFP which is commensurate with the severity of any inappropriate behaviour exhibited by personnel who have been the subject of a substantiated complaint. The AFP response may vary from minor corrective action to the implementation of significant disciplinary proceedings.

I am happy to offer the member a briefing on the AFP complaints procedures.

Street lighting-rural settlements

(Question No 1628)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Planning, upon notice, on 30 June 2004:

(1) Is street lighting also included in the plans for the rebuilding of houses at Stromlo and Uriarra settlements after the January 2003 bushfires;

(2) If so, what type of lighting and in what areas;

(3) If not, why not.

Mr Stanhope

: The answer to the member's questions is as follows:

Bushfire recovery is a matter which falls within my portfolio.

Appropriate street lighting is included in the redevelopment plans for Uriarra Village and Stromlo Settlement.

When the Uriarra Village Sustainability Study was being compiled, the Uriarra residents requested a similar level of street lighting as they had in the village prior to the fires. This was at a lower rate of lighting than in urban areas.

When the Stromlo Settlement Sustainability Study was being compiled the Stromlo residents requested that no street lighting be provided. This was the arrangement prior to the fires.

In both locations street lighting arrangements will be similar to those in urban areas except that the intention is to request tenderers to provide innovative and sustainable solutions to infrastructure including street lighting. Such lighting will need to take into account requirements for safety and to enable emergency services to identify houses when their services are needed.

In Stromlo Settlement the lighting arrangements will also need to ensure that they do not affect the operation of the Mt Stromlo Observatory. It is understood this can be achieved through 'down lights'.

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