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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 07 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 July 2019) . . Page.. 2495 ..


MR GENTLEMAN: And here they are laughing about important matters of crime in the ACT community.

Ms Berry: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please, minister.

Ms Berry: I think it is unparliamentary for the opposition to describe ministers, or any members of the parliament, as useless.

Mrs Jones: I withdraw.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, Mrs Jones. I had not picked it up but I appreciate your withdrawal.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what do you say to business owners who are concerned about the low police numbers in the Gungahlin police station?

MR GENTLEMAN: Madam Speaker, I missed the start of the conversation with the noise on the other side.

MADAM SPEAKER: Repeat the question, please, Mr Milligan.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what do you say to some local business owners who are concerned about the low number of police officers in Gungahlin?

MR GENTLEMAN: As I said in my previous answer, what we are doing is supporting police operations in the ACT, with more police and more resources. We will continue to do that. We have announced in this budget a large investment in ACT Policing to do exactly what these businesses are after, and that is support them and support the Canberra community in efforts against crime across the ACT.

MRS JONES: Minister, do you have any idea what the cost to local businesses of each of this recent spate of robberies and ram raids has been? Have you visited any of the small business owners affected?

MR GENTLEMAN: I can only go to the costs in relation to those media reports that we have seen in the press. In relation to visiting different establishments across the ACT, I do regularly.

Light rail—stage 1 safety compliance

MR WALL: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services and relates to an ABC article titled “Canberra light rail construction was ‘reckless’, non-compliant and in danger of flooding, explosion”. Among the many problems with the light rail construction that the article describes, it claims that the original electrical certifier refused to sign off on the project because the electrical workmanship did not meet guidelines. Why did the government sack the original


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