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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 02 Hansard (Wednesday, 5 March 2008) . . Page.. 534 ..

In addition, we have seen very encouraging results when it comes to motor vehicle theft. This government is committed to driving motor vehicle theft down further with the major expansion of the car immobiliser program which the government announced late last year and which, if I recall correctly, will see approximately 5,000 additional immobilisers made available to owners of older cars across the ACT.

We are already seeing very significant improvements around issues to do with motor vehicle theft. In the 12 months to December 2007, motor vehicle theft decreased by 19 per cent—with 430 fewer cars being stolen in the ACT in that year compared to previous years. And that is ahead of the immobiliser program that the government recently announced.

This shows the government’s commitment to making Canberra a fairer and safer community. These sorts of results—a 10-year low when it comes to burglary and break-and-enter figures and a 19 per cent reduction in car theft—are a good indicator that the government’s long-term approach to property crime reduction is yielding results. Our investment in our police force is yielding results. Overwhelmingly, on these sorts of bread-and-butter offences that have such a detrimental impact on so many people across our community, we are getting good outcomes that are helping to build a fairer and safer Canberra.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Personal explanation

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation in accordance with standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, have you been misrepresented?

MRS DUNNE: I have, Mr Speaker. When I asked a supplementary question of Ms Gallagher today in question time, you, Mr Speaker, made an aside about how I should not ask a question like that and then seek succour for other members in this place.

The point I made was about Ms Gallagher’s performance as a minister and the government’s performance as an administrator of the hospital. Previously in question time I had asked you to rule certain words out of order because ministers had made personal comments about the motivations and implied nefarious actions on Mr Smyth’s part. There is a difference of degree, in that one is a political statement and one was a deeply personal and deeply offensive statement. I am concerned that there have been a number of occasions when you do not deal evenly with members in this place.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, that is reflecting on the chair. If you want to move a motion in relation to it, you might proceed in that direction, but you will not do it by way of a personal explanation. I might add that, had I been minded to, I could quite appropriately have ruled your question out of order because of the imputations it

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