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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1289..

(5) How long have interstate officers been participating in this investigation and is there a specific date at which their services will no longer be required or will that be at the end of the investigation;

(6) Does this interstate assistance indicate that ACT Policing is under stress and lacks the resources to carry out such investigations; if not, what is the explanation for sourcing these interstate police;

(7) In how many cases have interstate officers assisted with ACT based investigations in (a) 2002-03, (b) 2003-04, (c) 2004-05 and (d) 2005-06 to date.

Mr Hargreaves

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

(1) Yes, I am aware of the article in question.

Police officers from interstate have not joined the investigating team. As is normal in any major investigation, ACT Policing has sought information from other Australian jurisdictions which may assist in identifying this offender.

(2) See the response to question 1. The number of ACT Policing members working on this investigation varies from day-to-day depending on the nature of investigations or activities being undertaken. A core team of 5 investigators and 2 intelligence officers are coordinating the investigation.

(3) See the response to question 1.

(4) Nil. See the response to question 1.

(5) See the response to question 1.

(6) No. See the response to question 1.

(7) ACT Policing routinely seeks assistance from, provides assistance to and shares information with other Australian jurisdictions in the conduct of investigations. ACT Policing also regularly participates in joint operations with other jurisdictions, such as Operation RAID (Remove All Impaired Drivers) which involved police from the ACT, New South Wales, South Australia and Victoria in a joint operation in November and December 2005, and multi-jurisdictional exercises such as Mercury 05. It would not be practicable to provide figures on the number of times such inter-jurisdictional cooperation has occurred in any given year.

Canberra Centre—evacuation

(Question No 983)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on 8 March 2006:

(1) Regarding the recent Canberra Centre evacuation on the evening of Friday 24 February 2006 "Civic evacuation", has the cause of the fire alarm been identified; if so, what was the cause;

(2) Why were customers of the Canberra Centre made to pay for their parking tickets in an evacuation;

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