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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 4 Hansard (4 May) . . Page.. 1326..

(3) This arrangement is not a short-term project but is part of routine ongoing business for ACT Policing.

(4) No.

(5) No.

(6) Under the arrangements referred to in the Canberra Times article, police will be able to more efficiently police traffic on public roads in the Parliamentary Precinct as they will not have to seek prior approval to do so. This represents a saving in ACT Policing resources, not an additional impost.

(7) See the answer to question 1 above.

Policing—forensic officer

(Question No 1041)

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 which appeared in the Canberra Times on Saturday, 18 March 2006, page 10, entitled "Forensic Medical Officer Panel", why is the Australian Federal Police (AFP) requesting a tender for a Forensic Medical Office Panel for ACT Policing;

(2) How many forensic officers are expected to be hired for the panel;

(3) Has the request for tender arisen since the signing of a new Police agreement; if so, what in the new police agreement has caused the AFP to request a tender for forensic officers;

(4) Is the new ACT Policing agreement finalised and available for public viewing; if not, when will it be available;

(5) What is the date that the Policing agreement was signed and if it has not been signed, why not and when will it be signed;

(6) Are the current forensic services supplied to ACT Policing by the AFP unsatisfactory; if so, why; if not, why is a new forensic panel warranted.

Mr Barr

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

(1) In accordance with Commonwealth Procurement Guidelines the AFP is required to conduct a formal tender process for expenditure over $80,000. In the interest of fulfilling this requirement and ensuring best value for money the AFP has conducted an open tender for these services on expiry of the existing arrangements.

(2) The successful tender is requested to provide 24/7 on-call coverage. It will be the responsibility of the prospective tenderer to specify requisite staffing.

(3) The request for tender has not arisen since the signing of a new Policing Agreement. The tender is designed to replace an existing arrangement. Please see the response to question 1 for clarification regarding a formal tender process.

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