Page 3504 - Week 11 - Thursday, 19 September 2013

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MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, can you be quiet, please? I want to hear Ms Porter.

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, can you be quiet as well? Ms Porter has the floor.

MS PORTER: What other initiatives are being put in place to minimise the impact of crime on people and assets?

MR CORBELL: Of course, this measure of the trial CCTV speakers is only one part of a broader range of projects being rolled out by ACT Policing and by the justice and community safety portfolio to improve community safety and to protect assets, both public assets and people’s private property. Last week I launched a three-month police campaign targeting the manufacture, sale and distribution of illicit and synthetic drugs in the ACT.

This campaign, commissioned and developed by ACT Policing, is about encouraging the public to share information on illicit drugs activity in the community—in particular the presence or otherwise of grow houses or clan-lab activities in the ACT. It encourages the community to be wary of the signs that may indicate premises are being used for the manufacture or distribution of synthetic or illicit drugs and to contact Crime Stoppers accordingly.

The home safety program continues to be rolled out by the justice and community safety agency, which is providing funding to vulnerable people in our community such as the elderly. It is providing financial assistance and the installation of home safety improvements such as better locks on doors and windows, sensor lighting, security screens and so on.

The government is also continuing to roll out its high density housing safety and security project focusing on public housing properties in the ACT in high density housing sites, acting to intervene early, improve outcomes for residents and reduce crime in those areas.

Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Government—executive contracts

MS GALLAGHER: I undertook to come back with the relevant section of the Public Sector Management Act in relation to a question from Mr Hanson on executive contracts. The relevant section is section 80 of the Public Sector Management Act, and in relation to directors-general at section 32. Both sections use the same language, and section 32 provides:

The engagement of a person under section 28 or section 30 to perform the duties of an office of director-general is not invalid, and shall not be called into question, by reason of a defect or irregularity in relation to the engagement.

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