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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 November 2007) . . Page.. 3561 ..

Curtin to Fairbairn? What will be the cost of this move? Have you been advised of any technical problems with the operations of a communications facility at the Fairbairn airport?

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and I thank Mr Smyth for the question. The government is finalising its arrangements for the transfer of the ESA headquarters to Fairbairn, and that is close to finalisation. In relation to the matters associated with the ComCen, I can advise Mr Smyth that I am advised that there are a number of issues that will need to be addressed to ensure that ComCen can operate effectively at Fairbairn, but that these are technical in nature. I am advised that there are common and straightforward technical solutions to those issues.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, which other components of the Emergency Services Agency have not made the transition as yet from Curtin to Fairbairn?

MR CORBELL: I think I have answered that question about twice in questions on notice from Mr Pratt. I draw Mr Smyth’s attention to those.

Rock throwing

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is directed to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you advise the Assembly on the steps the government is taking to implement the Assembly’s recent resolution to investigate the causes of rock throwing in our community?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. Yes, members will recall that the Assembly passed a resolution in September this year calling on the government to establish an investigation into the causes and underlying reasons for rock throwing in our community to see what the best approaches for tackling that behaviour were.

I am very pleased to advise the Assembly that later this week I will be raising this issue at the meeting of the ministerial council for police and emergency services, which comprises police ministers and police commissioners from around Australia and New Zealand. I will be proposing to that meeting that it agree to make the investigation of this issue a nationally agreed priority and that research be undertaken on a collaborative basis amongst all jurisdictions to ensure that we get the most up-to-date data and information from other jurisdictions in relation to this behaviour and analysis of the best methods for tackling this behaviour.

Rock throwing is a dangerous behaviour. It is potentially fatal. It clearly causes very real risks for people on the roads. The government’s approach to this is to better understand the causes and motivations of the behaviour and find the best possible approaches to tackling it. There has been significant level of interest in this proposal from the ACT from a number of jurisdictions. I am very pleased for the support of those jurisdictions. I hope that other jurisdictions will join with the ACT to undertake this piece of research and investigation.

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