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problem through an interagency approach, and has opened up a once relatively ignored crime to much greater public scrutiny through the legal system, with positive results for victims.

However, as the local crime scene evolves with the advent of new technologies and criminal opportunities, there will be changes in police investigative methods. New technologies offer the entrepreneurial criminal new ways to identify and create profiteering opportunities through illicit trades, and to evade detection. For community policing especially, crime in the future will also be strongly shaped by ongoing management and response to persistent social issues such as poverty, alienation and social dysfunction, and youth marginalisation.

In the future crimes like e-crime, including crimes increasingly reported in the media such as identity theft and email fraud, will continue to grow. Crimes like child exploitation and assault are also expected to continue to gain prominence. Of course, the constant threat of terrorism and the potential repercussions for all Australians will feature in debates on crime and policing in the future.

Policing into the future will not only rely on traditional skills and investigation methods but will also require the development of new tools responsive to the times. Put simply, new technologies and crime types require police and the community to become aware of new risks, adopt new forms of prevention and—specifically for the police—acquire new expertise. This represents a major challenge for all governments. This government is committed to working closely with the AFP to ensure that policing the territory is adaptive, responsive and effective.

In closing, the Stanhope government is committed to making Canberra an even better place to live. The government priorities I have outlined today in urban services; disability, housing and community services; emergency services and policing will go a long way towards achieving this goal.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Burke) adjourned to the next sitting.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mrs Dunne) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Mr Pratt for the remainder of the sitting.

Motion (by Mr Corbell) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 10 December 2004 to 14 February 2005 inclusive be given to all Members.

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