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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3344 ..

government will continue to work hard to deliver housing to meet the needs of Canberrans and to promote stronger and more inclusive communities.

ACT Policing—Crime Stoppers

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, when constituents report law and order matters to opposition MLAs, the MLAs are advised to encourage these constituents to report suspicious behaviours to Crime Stoppers. Information provided to Crime Stoppers is sent to ACT Policing intelligence for collation and analysis. This process rarely results in a satisfactory response for the constituent, as they receive no feedback. Minister, why do complainants never hear back from ACT Policing?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Lawder for the question. I do not agree with the premise of her question at all. There is quite a bit of feedback on responses from constituents to ACT Policing on what occurs—

Mrs Jones: No, through Crime Stoppers.

MR GENTLEMAN: No, Ms Lawder said ACT Policing, and I am referring to that, as I am the minister for police. There is quite a bit of feedback, and police do a very good job, I think, in giving the feedback to constituents—

Mrs Jones: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Resume your seat, please, Minister.

Mrs Jones: It is on relevance. The minister clearly has not listened to the question, because the question asked about the fact that people are sent to Crime Stoppers when the information goes to ACT Policing, and constituents never hear back. It is nothing to do with the collection of data directly to ACT Policing. This is the third arm of delivered information. If the minister could be relevant to the question, that would be excellent.

MADAM SPEAKER: He is being relevant. Crime Stoppers feeds in to ACT Policing, which the minister is responsible for.

MR GENTLEMAN: As I said, ACT Policing do give feedback to constituents that report concerns through a number of avenues. I am very pleased with the work they are doing. They have been under quite a deal of pressure during our COVID lockdown, and I congratulate them on the work that they do.

Mrs Jones interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: No more, Mrs Jones.

MR GENTLEMAN: With respect to the reference to Crime Stoppers, Crime Stoppers is an anonymous opportunity for people to report through them to ACT Policing. It would not be appropriate to detail comments back through Crime

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