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Organised crime

[Cognate motion:

ACT Policing—investigative powers]

MADAM ASSISTANT SPEAKER (Ms Le Couteur): I understand that it is the wish of the Assembly to debate this motion cognately with executive business order of the day No 5, outlaw motorcycle gangs. That being the case, I remind members that, in debating private members’ business No 5, they may also address their remarks to executive business order of the day No 5.

MR HANSON (Molonglo) (4:05): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) serious and organised crime poses a major threat to community safety both within the ACT and across Australia and is estimated to cost the community in excess of $10 billion per year from crime related activity; and

(b) organised crime networks, such as outlaw motorcycle gangs (OMCG) operate across State and Territory borders;

(2) acknowledges that:

(a) State and Territory Governments have the primary responsibility of administering and implementing effective laws which restrict and disrupt serious and organised criminal activity within each jurisdiction;

(b) a number of jurisdictions have implemented or are in the process of implementing legislation targeting organised criminal networks to safeguard the community, including South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland;

(c) the Australian Federal Police Association, the professional association representing ACT Policing officers, have consistently called for more effective powers to disrupt organised criminal networks in the ACT, such as those being implemented in other jurisdictions;

(d) legislation targeting organised criminal networks has been successfully implemented in other jurisdictions with protections and oversight mechanisms and contain due regard for civil liberties; and

(e) the Federal Labor Government has singled out Serious and Organised Crime as a threat to national security, as outlined in the First National Security Statement of 4 December 2008, and is currently considering a national approach to this threat;

(3) directs the Government to:

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