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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 11 Hansard (Tuesday, 19 October 2010) . . Page.. 4603 ..

MR CORBELL: ACT Policing will have regard to the experience of other police services; there is no doubt about that. I have to stress that this not a fait accompli by any means. I have reservations about the expansion of the use of tasers, although it may be warranted in some circumstances and in relation to some officers. This is a matter that needs to be addressed through the review process that ACT Policing are currently conducting, and I will wait to see the outcomes of that. Any expansion of the use of tasers will need to be justified, and there will need to be good reasons to do so, and we have to await that process before reaching those conclusions.

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, are you aware of an ACT Labor Party resolution calling on police officers to be armed with tasers? Will this resolution affect your decision?

MR CORBELL: No such resolution has been communicated to me to date.

Education—disability funding

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, the head of the education department has said in relation to the backflip on disability funding that involvement from you in the decision of what would be cut would be a conflict of interest. Minister, did you or any member of your staff in any capacity have contact with the department in relation to this issue and the subsequent backflip on the funding of disability services in the ACT education system?

MR BARR: I thank Mr Doszpot for the question. I might add that I think it was grossly unfair—the weekend reports that Mr Doszpot was dead.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr. The question, Mr Barr.

MR BARR: That coverage in the Canberra Times that he was carrying on like a character out of Weekend at Bernie’s was grossly unfair and it is good to see his—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Minister Barr.

MR BARR: It is good to see that he is able to ask this question. As I have indicated—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! The question, Mr Barr.

MR BARR: As I have indicated, the government remains committed to achieving its budget plan as outlined in this year’s budget papers. The efficiency dividend is a requirement for all ACT government agencies. It is indeed a matter that members of the Assembly are aware of and in fact voted for in passing the appropriation bills earlier this year. The department—

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