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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 29 June 2011) . . Page.. 2832 ..


DR BOURKE: Minister, what is the ACT government doing to ensure that this positive trend continues?

MR CORBELL: I thank Dr Bourke for his question. Obviously the measures in the purchase agreement are important in continuing to drive these very positive results. But what is also going to be done is the establishment and completion of a new property crime reduction strategy. I want to make sure that property crime reduction is not just a job for the police. It is about designing out crime and it is about preventing crime, not just responding to the offenders in relation to these types of crimes. So identifying measures that reduce, for example, alcohol-related crime, identifying measures that reduce antisocial behaviour, are all part of reducing crime and reducing the incidence of these types of crimes, volume property crimes, in our community.

The development of that strategy is now well underway. The Justice and Community Safety Directorate is leading that work with our police, with other parts of the ACT government, to deliver a joined-up and cohesive, new, renewed property crime strategy so that we can build on these very positive results to date.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Minister, now that random roadside drug testing is rolling out across the ACT, do you still consider it to be redneck legislation, as described by the former Chief Minister?

Mr Corbell: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, how is that relevant to the previous questions on property crime?

Mr Hanson: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, the original question was on the purchase agreement with ACT Policing, the AFP and the federal minister. This is a significant new aspect of the operations of police that falls under that purchase agreement.

Mr Corbell: Mr Speaker, the original question as I recall it related to why property crime is a priority for the ACT government and what were the KPIs in the agreement to make sure that these priorities were achieved.

MR SPEAKER: On the point of order, Mr Hanson, whilst I accept your analysis that the original question was about the purchase agreement, and that gave you some scope to ask questions about the purchase agreement, I do not believe your specific question does relate to the purchase agreement. You have asked the minister about previous comments on drink driving legislation which does not relate to the purchase agreement.

Mr Hanson: On the ruling, Mr Speaker, the purchase agreement comes with a number of KPIs and includes, I think, approximately $140 million for the conduct of operations by ACT Policing. Given that a significant new initiative that comes out of ACT Policing this year is random roadside drug testing, I think it is entirely appropriate and falls within the scope of the purchase agreement.


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