Page 3013 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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This Labor government and its programs are working to create a safer city for all Canberrans. More police on the street, a comprehensive property crime reduction strategy, partnerships with police to tackle alcohol-related crime and violence, new reforms to liquor licensing laws are delivering results and creating a safer city for all Canberrans.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Attorney, how do you account for the 46 per cent drop in juvenile detention for Indigenous people?

MADAM SPEAKER: Who is ministerially responsible for the detention of juveniles?

MR CORBELL: Juvenile detention figures are reported in the statistical profile I was asked about, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I realise they were reported in the statistical profile. I am asking for some guidance on whether it is within your ministerial responsibility to answer a question about juvenile detention.

MR CORBELL: Insofar as I tabled the profile, yes, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that is probably a fairly tenuous link. I think I have to rule the supplementary question out of order. Any more supplementary questions?

Mr Gentleman: Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Sorry, you cannot ask another supplementary question. Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Attorney, can you advise whether the decrease in property crime is in line with the target set out in the property crime reduction strategy?

MR CORBELL: They are consistent with the targets set out in the government’s property crime reduction strategy. That strategy has set a target to reduce reported ACT burglary crime by a further 10 per cent and motor vehicle theft by a further 20 per cent by 31 December 2015 on a 2010 baseline year. These targets are based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ publication Recorded crime—victims, Australia 2012, which presents national statistics relating to victims for a selected range of offences recorded by police during the 2010 to 2012 calendar year.

It is important to understand, of course, that property crime is a high volume crime. It is susceptible to fluctuations. The main aim of the strategy and its targets is to lower and sustain lower levels of burglary and motor vehicle theft over the life of the strategy. The criminal justice statistical profile shows that in the 12 months to June 2013, as I have just outlined, there have been significant decreases in almost all property crime-related offences. The challenge is to sustain these moving forward.

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