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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Wednesday, 24 November 2021) . . Page.. 3577 ..


MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Mr Davis): Mr Hanson, I think you know “smart-arse” is unparliamentary, and I would ask you to withdraw.

MR HANSON: I withdraw, Mr Assistant Speaker. I make it clear that I am referring to the comments, not to any individual. I am talking about comments.

Mr Steel: Bullshit.

MR HANSON: Did someone just say “bullshit”? If someone would like to express who said “bullshit” and withdraw? Mr Assistant Speaker, I draw it to your attention that I think there was a—

Mr Steel: I withdraw.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Steel, for withdrawing. Mr Hanson, you may continue.

MR HANSON: There you go. It looks like they are a bit niggly, doesn’t it, Mr Assistant Speaker? They are a bit sensitive, and so they should be. We will stand up for police. We will continue to fight for the numbers, for their facilities and for the legislative backup, even if those opposite will not.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (11.07): As minister, I am proud of the hardworking staff across the government, and thanks and appreciation go to all of the staff who work in Emergency Services, Policing and Corrective Services, and across the Justice and Community Safety Directorate. They exemplify some of the best in the public service, and they are committed to helping and protecting Canberrans.

I am pleased to be able to support this through the appropriation that is before us today. Funding is being provided to support important work across these areas. New initiatives being supported include $15.2 million over four years to boost the capability of the ACT Ambulance Service to respond to emergencies and support our growing city into the future.

This funding will continue the transformation of ACTAS, helping to modernise and sustain the service, with additional behind-the-scenes capability to support growing frontline demand. This includes new paramedic duty officers and staff resources for the triple-0 emergency communications centre, an infection control officer, research and data management officer, ICT connectivity support officer, and a transformation and capability development team.

There is $12.8 million over four years to support ESA’s vehicle replacement program through the purchase of standard and low emissions vehicles. In addition, the ACT government has provisioned $675,000 over three years to establish a network of ESA charging stations throughout the ACT. With this initiative, the government is


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