Page 511 - Week 02 - Tuesday, 21 February 2012

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Mrs Dunne: Point of order—

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mrs Dunne has a point of order.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Corbell does not ask questions. His job is to answer the questions posed by members.

MR SPEAKER: The minister has sat down. I think we will just leave it at that.

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

Rostered ministers question time

Minister for Police and Emergency Services

ACT Policing—crime statistics

MS HUNTER: My question is regarding the crime statistics available on the ACT Policing website, which compare the number of reported crimes over the last two financial years. How much further back do the crime statistics reach?

MR CORBELL: I can advise Ms Hunter that ACT Policing’s operational records are maintained on the PROMIS system, which was activated in November 1998. ACT Policing will shortly be launching a redeveloped interactive crime map. This will provide statistics available online at and will cover statistics across a range of crime types. Initially these maps will cover a five-year period, but it is anticipated there could be future extensions of the data period provided. These new crime maps will differ from those that were recently published in the Sunday Canberra Times, in that crime data will be available at the suburb level, updated quarterly, provide trends over five years and include data for a greater range of offence types.

MS HUNTER: Minister, given the public interest in crime rates, I am wondering why the longer term data has not been displayed and whether it might be displayed. Can we have a time line?

MR CORBELL: I just answered that question, Mr Speaker. ACT Policing are about to release—and it is imminent—a new online capability that will deliver crime stats over a five-year period, including trends on an offence by offence categorisation as well as at a suburb by suburb level.

Bushfires—prescribed burning

MRS DUNNE: Minister, there are recent reports from a number of scientists, including Michael Clarke, the professor of zoology at La Trobe University, that policies for prescribed burning may be deeply flawed. Minister, are you aware of these reports and what credence do you attach to these reports?

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