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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 20 August 2008) . . Page.. 3398 ..

I have known Shane for many years. He does have his feet on the ground. He is a magnificent police officer. I was particularly impressed in recent times with how he handled the very difficult situation after Audrey Fagan’s death and performed that role incredibly well indeed. He has great experience in a wide range of areas right across policing and certainly has his finger on the pulse. He is the sort of bloke who junior members can look up to. He knows his stuff. He is calm; he is affable. He has an easy-going manner. He is thoroughly professional. He is a thoroughly decent human being and a man of great honour and integrity—someone who is discreet, someone who just knows his job so well.

He will do an excellent job in his new role. He remains in Canberra. I think he is pleased that the job is based here in Canberra, because he has a great love for this town. I hope to see Shane come back here as Chief Police Officer some day. He has already acted in that role and done a magnificent job. He is truly one of the most competent officers the AFP has and is an ornament to the noble profession of policing.

I wish him well in whatever he does. I thank him for the dealings I have had with him over the years—it goes back quite a long way—particularly in more recent times, in our dealings on a professional basis and even on a couple of personal things which he has greatly assisted me on. He was always quick. If you ring Shane up, he is going to get back to you very quickly indeed, unlike some people. He is just a complete, thorough professional, a thoroughly decent person. We are lucky to have people of his calibre in senior positions in the AFP. I hope that in the not too distant future we will see him back here on promotion as Chief Police Officer. Whatever he does, I wish him well in his career and thank him for all his efforts on behalf of the people of the ACT.

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MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (6.27): In question time today, Dr Foskey and Mr Pratt sought for me to table a particular document. I am very happy to table now the detailed written directions I have provided to the proponents of the Canberra technology city in accordance with section 123 of the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.28 pm.

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