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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 10 Hansard (14 October) . . Page.. 3214 ..

Closed-circuit Television Cameras - Public Places

(Question No. 187)

Mr Osborne asked the Attorney-General, upon notice:

(1) Where in the ACT are closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras currently located in public places.

(2) For each location -

(a) how many cameras are installed;

(b) where are they located on the site;

(c) why were the cameras originally installed and what are they used for now;

(d) has the system been subjected to a trial and; if so, what are the results of the trial;

(e) who monitors the system;

(f) what protocols and procedures are in place for the management of the system;

(g) has the installation been part of a broader strategy in a crime reduction and/or prevention strategy; if so what are the other parts of the strategy (with examples);

(h) has the system been expanded or changed since installation;

(i) is there a complaints mechanism for the public;

(j) are there signs advising the public that they are under surveillance by CCTV;

(k) is there a "system ombudsman" with powers to investigate the system at any time;

(l) what are the features of the equipment (for example: recording, zoom, tilt, pan);

(m) when and how is the system used; and

(n) has the system been used to identify people in criminal activities; if so, what are the results.

Mr Humphries: The answer to the Member's question is as follows:

This matter was the subject of extensive research in October 1996 involving the application of substantial resources across thirteen agencies.

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