Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 23 August 2011) . . Page.. 3658 ..
MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you are now warned for repeated interjection.
MR CORBELL: The rollout of this technology, which the government supports and which the government was consulted on by the Chief Police Officer prior to the rollout commencing, is driven directly by the Chief Police Officer’s view that it will be an important enhancement to the safety of front-line ACT police officers to have that technological capability available.
Mr Hanson: A point of order, Mr Speaker.
MR SPEAKER: One moment, minister. Stop the clocks, thank you.
Mr Hanson: My point of order is on relevance. I have asked what the attorney has done, why he has not acted. He has outlined what the Chief Police Officer has done, and I would ask him to turn to the point of the question, which is what the minister has done.
Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order—
MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.
Mr Hargreaves: Mr Hanson’s supplementary was what has the government done to further protect the safety of police officers, and Minister Corbell’s answer is particularly relevant to that aspect of the question.
MR SPEAKER: Yes, there is no point of order. Minister, you have the floor.
MR CORBELL: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Obviously, Mr Hanson is a bit delicate on this point, but I do not know why.
MR SPEAKER: The question, minister.
MR CORBELL: It is an important development in the safety of police. We are seeing, regrettably, a range of circumstances where police are facing assault, and if they are able to have better capability to respond to and prevent an assault from occurring and better protect themselves through the availability of other use-of-force options such as tasers rather than having to resort to handguns, that, I think, is a valuable addition to their capability and one which is being rolled out in a measured and proportionate manner.
Parkwood Road recycling estate—fire
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for emergency services. On Saturday, a serious fire occurred at the Parkwood Road recycling estate. Are you confident that the firefighters were not placed at risk due to a lack of or inadequacies in a risk management plan undertaken by the government?
MR CORBELL: Mr Doszpot asserts that there is inadequacy in a risk management plan but gives no evidence to support that accusation. I am confident that the ACT