Page 3503 - Week 11 - Thursday, 19 September 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, how are the speakers intended to assist in improving safety and security in Civic?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for his supplementary. The purpose of the speaker is to act as a crime prevention tool. There are numerous cameras located within our entertainment precincts around Civic as well as in Manuka and Kingston.

It has been this Labor government that has done the work to put in place a comprehensive CCTV monitoring network to help improve public safety in these high-volume, high-patronage areas. They are recorded at the CCTV monitoring centre 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and the government has, for the past four to five years now, budget-funded live monitoring of these cameras by CCTV operators on Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.

The speakers, and the implementation of them, will further enhance the capability and flexibility of the system, and we will look very closely at their capacity to deter criminal activity, increase public safety and enhance the overall ACT Policing presence in the Civic area.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, are the messages being broadcast pre-recorded at random intervals or are they made directly as a result of activities being observed, and will such a spoken CCTV unit be installed in Narrabundah to stop the tyre slasher?

MR CORBELL: I am speechless, Madam Speaker. A number of pre-recorded messages are being used, such as, “Your actions are being monitored and recorded on CCTV cameras,” as they are here, Mr Hanson. Freestyle narrative begins, for example, with directions to persons who may be behaving in an antisocial way or committing what would appear to be a criminal act, and there is also the capacity for messages to be broadcast live from the ACT Policing duty sergeant from the CCTV monitoring network centre.

In relation to the Narrabundah tyre slasher, no, the government is not proposing to install CCTV cameras in Narrabundah or, indeed, in other suburbs around the ACT. I think there are some practical limitations on how CCTV may operate in those circumstances. I am happy, though, to advise Mrs Jones that, at the end of question time, I will be able to provide her with some further information in relation to the tyre slasher.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Porter.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MS PORTER: Minister, what other initiatives—

Mr Coe interjecting—

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