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MS BURCH: As I think I responded to Ms Lawder’s question, we put, and we believe, that it is right and proper that workers undergo these checks and cover the costs associated with it.
MRS JONES: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, there have been three drive-by shooting incidents in Gungahlin this year. Media reports suggest that these shootings are unrelated. These are not the only times that guns have been used in Canberra for criminal purposes. You will recall the shooting murder in Hughes in May 2010. Attorney, what have the investigations so far revealed in relation to the Gungahlin incidents? Have any arrests been made?
MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Jones for the question. These three incidents in Gungahlin are very concerning. ACT Policing are dedicating significant resources and investigative capability to addressing and seeking to determine the circumstances that led to these three incidents and the people responsible for them.
I have been provided with a detailed briefing by ACT Policing in relation to each of the incidents. Whilst I am not at liberty for obvious reasons to be in a position to disclose the full circumstances that police are currently considering, I can confirm that the advice provided by police previously continues to be the case, that the three incidents are not related and that police continue to devote significant resources to their investigation.
They are three complex and, at a range of levels, difficult investigations. No arrests have yet been made but police continue with their investigations and they have the full support of the government in that regard.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.
MRS JONES: Attorney, were bikie gangs involved at all in any of these incidents, to your knowledge?
MR CORBELL: As I have previously indicated, it is not appropriate for me to disclose details that have been provided to me as part of the investigation, because that could compromise the investigation. Police have set out a range of circumstances in their public statements as they have sought to keep the public informed as to the nature of the incidents and what matters they are pursuing. Members would be aware that police did execute search warrants on the premises of one outlawed motorcycle gang in Tuggeranong—I think it was last month—and that is clearly part of their ongoing investigations.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.
MR HANSON: Minister, what work has your government done to identify whether these incidents reveal a shortcoming in gun control laws, common law, laws relating