Page 2444 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 29 June 2005

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Mr Pratt: And we can’t be transparent, can we?

Mr Quinlan: Grub!

Mrs Burke: No, we can’t be transparent.

Ms Gallagher: You guys are sick.

MR SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Pratt?

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, my supplementary question is this: minister, why do you wrongly claim that the matter is sub judice when the questions focus on police treatment of a victim of crime, and not on matters before the court.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I am always amazed at the depth of Mr Pratt’s knowledge that he is aware of all of the matters before the court in this instance. I remain amazed at his knowledge.

ACT Policing

MS MacDONALD: Can the Minister for Police and Emergency Services please inform the Assembly of community reaction to the recent announcement of the appointment of the Assistant Commissioner, Audrey Fagan, as the new ACT Chief Police Officer?

MR HARGREAVES: I am very excited to welcome incoming Chief Police Officer Audrey Fagan to the position. Audrey is returning to ACT Policing after beginning her career here. I am sure she will offer the same dedication and professionalism that we have come to appreciate from ACT Policing.

My excitement is shared by the community, whose reaction to the appointment has been extremely positive. I have received a great deal of enthusiastic feedback from the community in the days since that announcement. This has included a welcome from the local indigenous community, who worked extremely well with John Davies over the past 18 months or so and who welcomed Audrey at a morning tea I attended last week. They acknowledged that she had very big shoes to fill and they welcomed her comments so far that she believes very strongly in working together with the community.

I have also been approached by a number of people who have worked with Audrey throughout her time in Canberra. They have commented on what a fantastic choice she is for leading the ACT Policing into the future. I was also pleased to receive good feedback from the Police Consultative Board, who are looking forward to working with her. I also note the Opposition’s welcome to Audrey.

Audrey Fagan is very reflective of the modern AFP. Not only is she the first female Chief Police Officer for the ACT but also her academic qualifications and depth of operational experience working at senior levels within government and the community will equip her well for the new role. She is a highly respected officer of the AFP and the broader law enforcement community.

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