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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 11 November 2021) . . Page.. 3348 ..


Mr Hanson: On a point of order on a point of relevance, Madam Speaker, the question was asking for the outcomes of those operations and what matters have been put on hold. The minister is trying to divert by saying he does not get involved in operational matters. That is not the subject of the question. It is appropriate that the minister report on what investigational matters have been put on hold.

MADAM SPEAKER: I believe the minister is in order. You are asking for detailed operational questions, and, rightly, the minister explains that he is not involved in detailed operational matters and that, indeed, ACT Policing would make—

Mr Hanson: He doesn’t know the nature of the matters being put on hold? He doesn’t know?

MADAM SPEAKER: I have made a ruling, Mr Hanson. It is in order.

Mr Hanson: Can I go with a supplementary then?

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes.

MR HANSON: Minister, how many crimes were not attended due to police being redirected to COVID checks during the lockdown?

MR GENTLEMAN: I am not sure that there were any crimes that were not attended. Crimes occur all over the ACT. Police attend wherever they can, and I have just given a detailed explanation on how they move their resources around the territory.

Mrs Jones: How many reported crimes were not responded to?

MR GENTLEMAN: If they want to qualify the question, they can put that on notice, Madam Speaker.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, the level of snide interjections is unhelpful and disrespectful. I ask you all to be mindful of that and to show some respect and regard across the chamber.

Play spaces—municipal infrastructure standards

MR BRADDOCK: My question is for the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, fully fenced playgrounds are important for the safety of children who you might classify as “runners”, and also for the state of mind of their parents and guardians. Will the ACT government adopt a municipal infrastructure standard for these playgrounds?

MR STEEL: I thank Mr Braddock for his question. The ACT government wants to make sure that play spaces across our city are accessible and inclusive for a diversity of users, and we are actually out consulting with the community at the moment on a


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