Page 1922 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 14 May 2013

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about time they came clean. I doubt we will see in their budget a month from now what they intend for the coming years and the out years. But I do not think that people can have any confidence in the way this government budgets because they simply continually fail to deliver.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Criminal justice—statistical profile 2013

Paper and statement by minister

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations and Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

ACT Criminal Justice—Statistical Profile 2013—March quarter.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR CORBELL: I thank members. I can think of no better way to demonstrate the government’s commitment to fighting crime and continuing to make Canberra a safer place to live than to provide to the Assembly the March 2013 results for the ACT criminal justice statistical profile.

In this profile I am pleased to report positive downward trends in personal and property crime. In the 12 months to March 2013 compared to the 12 months to March 2012 there are across-the-board decreases in robbery, including extortion and related offences, which are down 31 per cent, making for 79 fewer offences; burglary and break and enter offences, down by 21 per cent, which translates to 587 fewer offences; sexual offences, down by 20 per cent, making for 83 fewer offences; public order offences, down by 19 per cent, which is 200 fewer offences; property damage, including environmental offences, down by 15 per cent, amounting to 996 fewer offences; assaults, down by 12 per cent, amounting to 302 fewer offences; motor vehicle thefts, down by 10 per cent, translating to 115 fewer offences; and weapons and explosives offences, down by seven per cent, 14 fewer offences.

These consistent reductions in crime are the result of dedicated, strategic and proactive policing in solid partnership with other government agencies. It is important, though, to recognise that crime fluctuates, and our police remain ready and able to tackle rises in crime should they occur. What supports ACT Policing’s capacity is a community that is willing to report criminal or suspicious activity. The government asks the community to remain vigilant and to report crime or suspicion of it. We can all contribute to making Canberra a safer place, and we need to ensure that these consistently positive results do not make us complacent and vulnerable to crime into the future.

I will now turn to a number of the specific crime types and the results.

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