Page 934 - Week 03 - Thursday, 19 March 2015

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the Chief Police Officer has therefore given assurance to the community that they have the resources required.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, has your government’s efficiency dividend reduced ACT Policing’s capacity to deal with the recent murders and shootings?

MS BURCH: The short answer is no. I refer to the CPO’s comments, and my comments just then, that the police have all the resources they need to address and deal with—rightly, as they ought to—the three homicides that this community so sadly has gone through over the last short while.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Minister, what are you doing to ensure that ACT Policing maintain efficient response times to other crimes in our community?

MS BURCH: This is a matter that the Chief Police Officer and his executive and management team would deal with as different spikes in their activities and their resources happen.

Mr Hanson: Point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: Point of order. Stop the clock, please.

Mr Hanson: The minister may be getting to it, but the question was specifically about what the minister is doing. She started referring to the action being taken by the Chief Police Officer. I just want to see if she is taking any specific action herself.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think that, under standing order 118, the minister needs some time to get it. I do not know how much time she had to get to it because—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Hang on. Because we had not started the clock. But it was not very long.

MS BURCH: That is how quick it was. If you jump in—

MADAM SPEAKER: It was not very long. Members do need to be reminded that standing order 118(a) requires them to be directly relevant, but I think the minister was getting there. Minister Burch.

MS BURCH: As much as the delegation of being minister for police gives me a range of responsibilities, I will leave the decisions about police resourcing to the Chief Police Officer. He has assured me that things are in train, they are moving, and there are resources around to accommodate their needs.

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