Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 02 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 February 2018) . . Page.. 394 ..
continue negotiating with the commonwealth to reach a better agreement on long-term funding for Canberra’s healthcare system.
MS ORR: Chief Minister, what reforms will you prioritise as chair of both the Council for the Australian Federation and Council of Capital City Lord Mayors to benefit the Canberra community?
MR BARR: This year chairing both the Council for the Australian Federation and the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors provides an opportunity to drive a series of reforms that improve living and working in our nation’s cities. My aim is to establish a way for states and territories to move forward with our own reform agenda through the Council for the Australian Federation and through the initiative of the New South Wales Treasurer, Dominic Perrottet, for the establishment of the board of treasurers.
Rather than the commonwealth setting the agenda, which is often to the detriment of states and territories, we can and will pursue a range of reforms collectively at the state and territory level. In 2018 the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors will provide a stronger connection between local, state and commonwealth decision-makers and raise the profile of essential local and national issues, including infrastructure and public transport to reduce congestion, housing affordability, sustainability and climate adaptation, homelessness, and liveable and sustainable cities.
It is vital that the agendas of the Council for the Australian Federation and the Council of Capital City Lord Mayors are structured forcefully and effectively to advocate to all sides of federal politics about the need for proper investment in Australia’s cities.
MRS JONES: My question is to the Minster for Police and Emergency Services. At around 4. 30 on 6 February workers at the Raiders Weston Club were victims of yet another violent robbery at our local clubs. That night workers at the Aldi Store in Chisolm where also victims of a robbery. Given that workers’ children are now asking their parents not to go to work for fear of their safety, minister, have you yet personally visited the employees at Raiders Weston Club or the Aldi store in Chisolm to see how these employees are coping after these violent crimes?
MR GENTLEMAN: Directly answering Mrs Jones’s question, no I have not visited individual workers at those places. As I mentioned last week, I have of course met with representatives of Clubs ACT in regard to these particular crimes and have indicated our support for the clubs and we have taken action in regard to supplying a particular officer in the crime squad to liaise with them directly to ensure that they have the particular training they need in such circumstances and also to give them advice on hardening the club and being prepared for these sorts of criminal activities. Of course ACT Policing are investigating all these and have taken a number of actions along those lines.
MRS JONES: Minister, as of now, how many arrests have been made in relation to the robberies at the Raiders club or the Aldi store?