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(3) What has been done to ensure that these quarterly reports are submitted on time for each quarter and that they are not delayed unnecessarily;

(4) Has a specific time period for lodgement of quarterly reports been agreed to with the Australian Federal Police (AFP); if so, what is the quarterly lodgement period; if not, why not;

(5) Does JACS respond to each quarterly report to address issues with the AFP where the required performance criteria are not being met by ACT Policing; if so, how is this undertaken; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

Under current police services arrangements to the ACT, the Chief Police Officer reports directly to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services on performance, finance and personnel matters on a quarterly basis. The existing Arrangement and Purchase Agreement makes no provision for the Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJACS) in administering and managing the policing arrangement.

The Auditor-General’s findings have been considered as part of negotiations between the government and AFP for a new 2005 Arrangement and revised 2005-06 Purchase Agreement. Further enhancement of the AFP’s reporting requirements and examination of DJACS’ role in providing support to me in performing my ministerial functions on policing have been among the issues considered in the context of the negotiations.

Legislative Assembly—motor vehicles
(Question No 714)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 20 October 2005:

(1) Why is a large red Ford utility vehicle operated by the Department of Urban Services, registration number 211615, used to deliver mail to the Legislative Assembly when a smaller more economical vehicle would be more appropriate to pick up or deliver relatively small packages;

(2) Does this particular vehicle have other scheduled delivery locations;

(3) Has consideration been given to the use of a more environmentally friendly vehicle that would also cost less to run; if not, why not.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Ford Utility is one of seven vehicles used by Record Services to deliver mail to ACT Government Agencies across Canberra. On average, the vehicle is more than 80% full and is frequently used to undertake collections of large quantities of boxed materials and bagged mail that could not be carried by a smaller vehicle.

(2) Yes.

(3) Yes. As each vehicle lease approaches expiration, Record Services will consult with Rhodium Asset Solutions regarding vehicle options, costs and fitness for purpose.

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