Page 1506 - Week 05 - Wednesday, 10 May 2006

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Dr Foskey’s observations here today were very, very wise and very, very welcome. As she points out too, the underlying premise is that the Assembly expects the government to be accountable for police capability in the service that it delivers. It is very pleasing to see the relationships that ACT police patrols have in Tuggeranong, Woden and Belconnen shopping centres. They are very effective. The beat police and the community policing presence are very effective, but we know that our police are overstretched. We know that our police want to go out to the group shopping centres and perform in the same way. Let us see these documents; let us see where the police capability has got.

MR SPEAKER: The member’s time has expired.

Question put:

That Mr Pratt’s motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8

Noes 9

Mrs Burke

Mr Seselja

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Smyth

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Dr Foskey

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Mulcahy

Ms Gallagher

Mr Stanhope

Mr Pratt

Mr Gentleman

Question so resolved in the negative.

Community links and partnerships—government initiatives

MS PORTER (Ginninderra) (5.48): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the important role for Government in the building of links and partnership in the community;

(2) recognises the contribution of the Department of Urban Services ’Round Town program in this context; and

(3) encourages the development of further ACT Government initiatives that develop our sense of community.

When the Chief Minister launched the Canberra social plan in 2003, he quoted long-time Canberra resident the late Professor Manning Clark, who, upon taking the decision to move here, said:

Canberra had much to offer. There was the beauty of the place, the call of the Molonglo, Black Mountain, Mount Ainslie … and in the distance the Australian Alps, with their message to all who had eyes to see that some things were from eternity and would not change … The human scene was just as inviting … For some, Canberra was a city without a soul. I came to the conclusion that its critics were talking about themselves. I loved it.”

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