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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 2 Hansard (8 March) . . Page.. 456..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

saying, "Your houses are going to burn down. Would you like to complain about it?"How many responses did he get. There are 5,700 homes in Kambah and he got 50 responses. Do you know how many queries I had on it? I had about seven inquiries about this issue in his letter and only three of them were from people in Kambah. The rest were from this bloke over here and his mate the pseudo Leader of the Opposition.

Mr Pratt: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker, about relevance to the question that was asked.

MR SPEAKER: I think that it is relevant.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, the relevance, for Mr Pratt's information, is that quite often Mr Pratt will come into this place with an issue that he has actually created by sending letters to the community or going round the community saying, "You are in trouble."

Mr Pratt: That's crap.

MR HARGREAVES: I have tabled that letter in this place, Mr Speaker, so it is not rubbish. Mr Pratt is guilty of running round and saying to people, "Can I have your attention, please? You are in severe danger and only I, Superman, can save you."I have some very bad news for the community out there. One, Mr Pratt cannot save them. Two, they ought not to listen to him because he gets it wrong so often. I shall reveal later what happened at this particular time and I will watch him squirm for the rest of question time.

Policing-Erindale centre

MRS BURKE: My question is to the minister for police, Mr Hargreaves. Minister, on WIN news on Friday, 3 March, it was reported that the government's response to the level of criminal activity at the Erindale centre was that "the area is no worse than anywhere else".

Minister, on Wednesday and Thursday, 1 and 2 March, respectively, eight Erindale shops were robbed or vandalised and the owners of these shops are now ready to take matters into their own hands. Indeed, one shop owner was quoted as saying, "If police are not going to do something, we'll do something about it."Minister, on what basis can you say that criminal activity at the Erindale centre is no worse than anywhere else?

MR HARGREAVES: I acknowledge that Mrs Burke at least knows where the Erindale shopping centre is because it is in her particular suburb. So I take somewhat seriously issues like this that she raises, as opposed to the contempt I have for the person on her immediate left.

Mrs Burke just referred to an incident that happened six days ago. I shall ask for some information from the police on the specific issues. I will seek specific information on it. But I have to say that these guys over here go around shopping centre after shopping centre. I think Calwell was the last one, was it not, Mr Gentleman, with rampant graffiti and vandalism at Calwell shops? Will we see them pop up at Chisholm shops next, or Isaacs shops maybe? Maybe they will pop up at the Isaacs shops like a Jack in the box-up you go; let's frighten the horses!

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