Page 2830 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 29 June 2011

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Mr Smyth: Point of order, Mr Speaker, how is that relevant to either the main question or the supplementary?

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, on the point of order.

Mr Hargreaves: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. In a response to the last question, the Treasurer was talking about provision of information before decisions were taken. The questions of her asked what was the minister’s view of it. The Treasurer said that this is for the provision of information before a decision is taken. I wanted to know whether or not this provision of information in the contemplative stage would have any particular effect.

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, the question is in order.

MS GALLAGHER: That is exactly the decision that the cabinet took. We understand that this is a project of territorial significance. We understand that members in this place will be interested in this project. We also believe, after doing many years of work ourselves, that it was the right time to share that work with members in this place. That is exactly what has been done through the estimates process. We will now look at and have responded to the estimates committee’s recommendations around the government office block, and I look forward to working with my Assembly colleagues on all sides of the chamber to continue to discuss this project as it reaches those final decision-making stages which I think are foreshadowed for two years time.

ACT Policing—property crime

MR HARGREAVES: The final question for question time. My question is to the Attorney-General. Minister, last week you signed a renewed ACT government police purchase agreement with the federal Minister for Home Affairs, the AFP commissioner and the ACT Chief Police Officer. You also signed your new ministerial directions, which included a specific focus on tackling property crime. Can you please outline why property crime is a priority for the ACT government and ACT Policing, and what KPIs are included in this agreement to ensure that your focus is met?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. I was very pleased last week to join with the AFP commissioner, Mr Negus, the Chief Police Officer, Mr Quaedvlieg, and the Minister for Home Affairs, Mr O’Connor, to sign the new policing arrangement which commits the territory to another five years of the delivery of policing services from the excellent police of the Australian Federal Police. I was also very pleased to sign the new purchase agreement for the coming 12 months that sets out the government’s priorities.

As Mr Hargreaves has alluded to, it is the case that the government have made property crime a priority for the coming 12 months, because we want to drive down the level of property crime in the city. To achieve that, we need to make that very clear in both the purchase agreement and in the specific directions. In the purchase agreement there are a range of measures that require ACT Policing to work to

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