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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 8 May 2008) . . Page.. 1804 ..

(2) (a) No. ACT Policing report separately to me on the ACT Police Agreement and performance indicators every three months. (b) No.

(3) N/a. See response above in (2).

(4) The ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile is a historical series that the Department of Justice and Community Safety prepared for the then minister in the early 1990’s.

(5) (a) The number of ‘Separate Drugs Seized’ relates to the total number of drugs seized, by type, for all drug incidents during the reporting period. (b) The number of arrests and summons are related to the drugs seized for the reporting period, although a small percentage may relate to drugs seized in earlier reporting periods, depending on timings. Some drugs seized may also result in Simple Cannabis Offence Notices. (c) Yes, but this is not required for the purposes of the publication.

(6) The seizures reported will most certainly relate to more than one arrest, however determining the exact ratio or arrests to seizures is resource intensive due to system limitations.

(7) (a) 12816.29 grams. (b) The impact on the ACT drug market is that these drugs are no longer in circulation for sale or use. (c)(i) (ii) Drug data on ACT databases is refreshed as more information comes to light, while the quarterly data published in the ACT Criminal Justice Statistical Profile reflects known information at the time of publication. It is therefore not possible to accurately assess drug trends using this data.

(8) These percentages are not available.

(9) It is not possible to quantify the costs of making drug-related seizures/arrests/summonses separately from other policing activity.

(10) Percentages cannot be calculated as there is no way of quantifying the total quantity of drugs sold on the street that have not come to police attention.

Crime statistics are, of themselves, not reliable indicators of drug use. The National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (NDARC) regularly surveys illicit drug use in states and territories and I refer you to NDARC’s technical reports Numbers 276 and 269 for the most recent ACT research. The publications are available on the NDARC website.

(Question No 1829)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 12 February 2008:

(1) Does Housing ACT liaise with the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support when placing clients to ensure that children’s access according to court orders is possible?

(2) How does Housing ACT and the Office for Children, Youth and Family Support ensure that the needs of children are taken into account in decisions related to housing.

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