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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1325..


approximately 6 homes since 2001 as larger Group Homes have devolved into smaller configurations.

(b) Disability ACT does not calculate occupancy rates at an individual house level as the number of residents residing at a location is determined by the support levels available, the compatibility of residents, and the support needs of individuals at each location, not the number of vacant rooms. Disability ACT has deliberately reduced the "occupancy level"in some group homes to ensure a more person centred and tailored service. The number of individuals supported within the service has however remained constant except where individuals have elected to use their funding allocation to transfer to alternate service providers.

Policing—traffic enforcement

(Question No 1039)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services (redirected to the Acting Minister for Police and Emergency Services), upon notice, on 30 March 2006:

(1) Further to an article in the Canberra Times on 29 March 2006, page 5, entitled "Police to keep House traffic in order", how many ACT police officers and/or patrols will be allocated or dedicated to (a) traffic enforcement, (b) radar speed detection and (c) random breath testing within the Parliament House precincts;

(2) From what date will the patrols operate and for what length of time;

(3) If this is a short term project, for what duration will this project operate;

(4) Is this request for patrols within the Parliament House precincts taking precedence over other local ACT suburban traffic operations; if so, why;

(5) Will there be less resources dedicated to other ACT police traffic enforcement duties; if so, why is the Minister allowing this to occur;

(6) What will the cost be to the ACT Government or ACT police for providing this extra service to the Parliament House precincts, at the invitation of the Department of Parliamentary Services;

(7) Will similar traffic enforcement projects be carried out at other reported traffic abuse zones at the invitation of concerned residents; if not, why not.

Mr Barr

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

(1) (a), (b) and (c) The new arrangements referred to in the Canberra Times article permit ACT Policing members to conduct traffic operations on public roads within the Parliamentary Precinct without prior approval of the Presiding Officers of the Commonwealth Parliament. As with all public roads in the ACT, resources will be allocated to traffic operations within the Parliamentary Precinct as required on a priority basis. This priority will be determined by ACT Policing's intelligence-led approach to all aspects of policing, including the targeting of unacceptable driving behaviour.

(2) The arrangements referred to in the Canberra Times article will apply from 3 April 2006 and will continue, in the same manner as all public roads in the ACT, as long as the road in question is open to traffic.


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