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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 4469 ..

(4) Patrol staffing establishments are calculated to allow for absences of the type referred to in this question.

Police-deployment to Solomon Islands

(Question No 978)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on

25 September 2003:

In relation to ACT Police deployed to the Solomon Islands:

(1) What level of manpower is the ACT AFP down following the deployment of 42

ACT Policing members to the Solomon Islands;

(2) Has the deployment of these officers had any extra impact on the ACT police force in terms of workload. If not, how has ACT Policing managed to cover the absence and workload of 42 officers;

(3) I have received reports that beat police in north and south side have not been able to spend the amount of time they should be dedicating to the beat due to reduced capacity relating to the deployment of officers to the Solomon Islands. Is this correct, if not, why would some officers be concerned that they are not meeting, by half, their dedicated time on the beat.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Because of high levels of staffing due to recruitment earlier in the year, ACT Policing was well able to sustain the deployment of 42 personnel to the Solomons.

(2) The total number of personnel providing services to the ACT is within the normal band of staffing fluctuations and ACT Policing management advises that the Solomon Islands deployment is causing minimal disruption to the provision of services.

(3) The establishment for North District is 133 positions and that for South District is 106. As at end of September 2003 145 personnel were assigned to North District and 120 to South District. The basis of this question is not borne out by the information provided above.

Bushfires-recovery advertisements

(Question No 989)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Attorney-General, upon notice, on 25 September 2003.

In relation to paid announcements and paid advertisements in the local electronic and print media regarding the bushfire recovery process and other matters pertaining to the 18 January 2003 Bushfires:

(1) How much has the Government spent on such advertisements as of 30 September 2003;

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