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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 04 Hansard (Tuesday, 20 April 2021) . . Page.. 849 ..


appropriate. In the case where the CPO feels there is any deficiency in resourcing for those groups then he will come to me and we will apply it in the budget sense.

MR HANSON: Minister, is the AFPA correct when they say that low clearance rates are an indication of overstretched and overworked officers?

MR GENTLEMAN: Commencing, I think, from 21 February we have seen some very good clearance rates across the ACT. Police intelligence will of course realign its structure when it looks to enhance advice in relation to incidents of those particular trends, assist to develop strategies to counter them and also provide enhanced inline operational support for the investigation of allegations of criminal conduct as well.

Housing—City Renewal Authority

MR CAIN: My question is to the Minister for Planning and Land Management: I refer to a recent article in the City News which raises a possible conflict of interest for a staff member of the City Renewal Authority. A staff member stands to benefit from the Labor-Greens government’s commitment to demonstration housing projects by turning her single residential dwelling on a suburban street in Griffith into a medium-density development. Minister, do you agree that there is an obvious conflict of interest here?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is a new claim for me to have a look at. I will certainly investigate any conflict of interest, and the directorate will act appropriately.

MR CAIN: Minister, I look forward to your response. Do you agree that staff of EPSDD and its subagencies should not be allowed to participate in the directorate’s programs if they stand to receive a financial gain?

MR GENTLEMAN: I think this is pretty well straightforward: of course, any officer or public servant that works for the territory should ensure that they do not receive any financial gain from the work that they do for the ACT community. There are some very strong policies in place in a HR sense—and in a strategic sense from government—to ensure that officers act appropriately.

MS LEE: Minister, how many other staff members of your directorate and its subagencies are involved in projects like this one where it appears—

Ms Stephen-Smith: A point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Can we conclude the question and then I will come to your point of order.

MS LEE: I will start again. Minister, how many other staff members of your directorate and its subagencies are involved in a project like this one where there is an appearance of special treatment, of a conflict of interest or of a significant financial incentive?


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