Page 2989 - Week 07 - Thursday, 30 June 2011

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MR CORBELL: I regret that I do not have that information immediately to hand. I will have to take the question on notice.

Emergency services—headquarters

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, there have been concerns raised in recent days about the design and capacity of the new headquarters for the Emergency Services Agency at Fairbairn. Representatives of two unions have expressed their concerns. Critical factors in the operations of any emergency services headquarters include high quality communications and capacity for growth. Why have the new headquarters for the ESA not been designed to accommodate growth or provide high quality radio communications?

MR CORBELL: They have.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth, a supplementary?

MR SMYTH: Minister, have there been or are there any difficulties being experienced in the ESA headquarters using radio communications, especially the TRN, when inside the building?

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

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Yes. Minister, are you aware that the windows in the ground floor of the new headquarters interfere with the operations of the TRN and, if so, what action is being taken to remedy the problem?

MR CORBELL: No, I am not, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Minister, are you able to confirm when the communications centre will be relocated to the new headquarters?

MR CORBELL: Yes. The relocation of the comm cen from its existing redundant site at Curtin to Fairbairn is well progressed. A range of project milestones are being met to ensure that the transition of comm cen from Curtin to Fairbairn is undertaken in a manner which maintains triple zero call taking capacity at all times. Obviously this is a sensitive move and it has to be planned effectively. The planning framework and the time frame the ESA commissioner has advised to me is that by the end of the third quarter this year he anticipates that Curtin will relocate back to Fairbairn.

Campaign finance reform

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Chair of the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety, Mrs Dunne. Mrs Dunne would be aware that on 19 November

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