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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 07 Hansard (Thursday, 23 June 2005 2005) . . Page.. 2246 ..


MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, direct your comments through the chair.

MR HARGREAVES: I am, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Hold on for a minute. Mr Seselja, I have called you to order a couple of times and, Mr Smyth, you as well. I will be issuing warnings if this continues. Mr Hargreaves, continue.

MR HARGREAVES: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I have no intention of doing what Mr Pratt would have us do, which is to have a policeman at the bottom of every yard. Now he even wants them all dressed up in SRS uniforms, with battering rams, to race into people’s houses and bash their doors down. It is very dramatic, Mr Pratt. Mr Pratt has been watching too much CSI: Miami. I think he needs to consider what he is venturing into in respect of this particular case. He ventures onto very dangerous ground, and I urge him to be very careful.

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Minister, why have you jeopardised, in such circumstances, the potential safety of victims in those circumstances by adopting such practices?

MR HARGREAVES: I have not.

Policing

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the minister for police. Minister, what are the standard operating procedures for police to use in cases of alleged sexual assault?

MR HARGREAVES: These are operational procedures that the police employ. Mr Stefaniak has been around long enough to know that there is no way known that I am going to be publishing operational procedures of the police.

MR STEFANIAK: I ask a supplementary question. Are the standard operating procedures for police in cases of alleged sexual assault uniform for all victims?

MR HARGREAVES: I will repeat it: I am not going to be publishing operational procedures for the police so that this opposition, and probably the opposition police spokesman, can use it out there in the public arena.

I have just explained in an answer to Mr Gentleman how Mr Pratt, who cannot do his own work for himself, asked one of his colleagues and then went out and got it wrong again. Well, I am not giving him that opportunity this time.

Mr Pratt: In other words, he hasn’t got a clue.

MR HARGREAVES: I wouldn’t tell you and you shouldn’t tell me.


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