Page 2393 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. It certainly is the case that the per hectare density in Canberra is much lower than in many other cities around the country and, indeed, many other cities overseas. Density is a factor in relation to whether or not people are able to effectively access public transport and whether they are able to live close to facilities and services that are conveniently located. I would say, though, that there is a growing body of evidence that suggests that density on its own does not achieve improved public transport.

It is certainly my view that the way to address the density question is to focus on the fact that density is about providing opportunities for people to live close to services and facilities, but you can continue to provide—indeed, you can provide—a better quality of public transport without relying solely on density. That is why this government’s focus is on recognising that density in key locations is a good thing in terms of liveability and in terms of access to services and facilities, including access to public transport. But density alone does not deliver public transport. You have to invest in frequency. You have to invest in improved service delivery. You have to invest in improved infrastructure delivery to get the modal split that you need to achieve to help make your city more sustainable.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—governance

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney General, in your speech to the Assembly when you tabled the Knowledge Consulting review of the Alexander Maconochie Centre, better known as the Hamburger report, you stated:

… as mentioned in the report, a number of prisons commissioned in Australia over the period 1992 to 2005 have had significant problems in the immediate period post commissioning … I am pleased to say that none of this has occurred in relation to the AMC.

Attorney General, have there been any incidents at the Alexander Maconochie Centre since its opening that have required the police riot squad to attend?

MR CORBELL: Not that I am aware of, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Thank you. Attorney-General, can you rule out any significant problems occurring at the Alexander Maconochie Centre on 20 December that required police riot squad personnel to attend?

MR CORBELL: The police do not have a riot squad. The police have the SRS capability, the specialist response capability, which includes officers trained in public order response capabilities to deal with issues such as riots. There have been no riots at the AMC. There have been no armed insurrections at the AMC. There have been no incidents of that type at all.

I was asked earlier in question time today whether there had been intelligence that led to the discovery of a plot for an armed uprising of some sort, and I have indicated to

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