Page 3356 - Week 11 - Wednesday, 18 September 2013

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MS GALLAGHER: I think I have answered that question in the previous supplementary, because it is really the same question asked another way. Where we can, we will continue to work with universities, whether that be giving them a line of credit or through a land and deed agreement reached between the government and the universities. We will work with them around ensuring an appropriate supply of student accommodation for their students.

Mr Smyth: So you haven’t done anything since the survey?

MS GALLAGHER: The vice-chancellors are not raising it as an issue for me that student accommodation is so hard that it is affecting their ability to attract students. The issue of housing affordability more generally in Canberra certainly has been raised from time to time, but it is not the top issue that the vice-chancellors are raising with me.

MR SMYTH: So you haven’t spoken to Anglicare?

MS GALLAGHER: I do not think I have specifically spoken with Anglicare. I see them at different functions from time to time, but I have not had a specific request from them around this matter either.

Crime—car tyre slashing

MRS JONES: My question is to the minister for police. Minister, for well over a decade a ‘tyre slasher’ has roamed Narrabundah and Griffith slashing car tyres of vehicles parked on the streets and driveways during the night, causing many, many thousands of dollars worth of damage. Minister, what has been done to stop this longstanding criminal behaviour and nuisance?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Jones for the question. I agree that this behaviour purportedly by one individual is a real menace and has a detrimental impact on people’s lives and property. Police do undertake detailed investigations into each report arising from the activities of this apparent individual, although that cannot be certain. Regrettably, police have not been able to find the identity of this individual to date. I know that police continue to work on this matter and I would be very happy to provide a briefing to Mrs Jones from the police, if that would be of further assistance to her.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones?

MRS JONES: Yes. Thank you, minister. Minister, given the fear and apprehension good people in Narrabundah and Griffith live with, with their property—

MADAM SPEAKER: Preamble, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Sorry. What actions have been taken to find and apprehend the perpetrators of these crimes? Have there been ops to observe or seek out the tyre slasher?

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