Page 64 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 14 February 2012

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MR SPEAKER: Thank you. Let us go to Ms Porter’s supplementary question.

MS PORTER: Minister, how is crime trending in this area and how will a new station assist police to continue the excellent work they do at Belconnen, with which I have personal experience?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. I am very pleased to report that we have seen a significant decrease in most offence types in Belconnen over the last 12 months. Over the last six months some of the figures are worth highlighting in particular. For example, in the last six months there has been an 8.7 per cent decrease in the total number of reported offences in the Belconnen area. There has been an 18½ per cent decrease in the number of stolen motor vehicles. There has been an 11.8 per cent decrease in the number of burglaries and there has been a 41.9 per cent decrease in the number of robberies. These are outstanding results on the part of our police. They indicate that the government is giving the police the resources they need to focus on reducing these volume crime types in particular. The establishment of the new Belconnen police station will ensure that police continue to have a central and prominent location in the Belconnen town centre, which is obviously an important community presence as well as being accessible and able to be used by a wide number of people in the Belconnen area.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Rostered ministers question time

Minister for Industrial Relations

ACT public sector—Hawke review

MS HUNTER: Minister, following the recommendations in the Hawke review and the commencement of new public sector management standards, is it now the case that all ACT public service awards, collective agreements and enterprise agreements are compatible with the public sector management standards?

DR BOURKE: Today’s rostered question time is for the Minister for Industrial Relations. In this case, the member’s question relates to the public service administration. I would like to advise Ms Hunter that the minister responsible for the public service is in fact the Chief Minister. However, I am in a position to respond to the question on the Chief Minister’s behalf. I am advised that the provisions of all ACT public service awards, collective agreements and enterprise agreements are compatible.

Security industry—proposed long service leave scheme

MR HARGREAVES: Can the minister advise of recent developments in relation to the proposed security industry long service leave scheme?

DR BOURKE: Following the success of the ACT’s new portable long service leave scheme for the community sector industry, the government announced its intention to

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