Page 1678 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 13 May 2015

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This government remains committed to ensuring the operational capacity of ACT Policing and the safety of all ACT residents. I have every confidence that the level of service experienced in our community by our highly trained and competent workforce will remain.

Madam Speaker, I think I will end there because my voice is slowly disappearing, but, as I have moved the amendment in my name, let me say that there is no doubt, and I think we speak with one voice, about the respect and regard that both sides of the chamber have for our police force.

I am confident that the CPO and ACT Policing can manage these savings. I also think it is reasonable that all agencies, not only in this government and this jurisdiction but in governments across our country, are looking for efficiencies and savings across. It is worth noting that my amendment says that the Australian Federal Police have been subject to federal government efficiency dividends since the early 1990s but ACT Policing has been exempt from those saving measures. Since 2013-14, a one per cent saving measure has been applied. Those savings have been found in house. I am confident that will continue and I am also confident that front-line services to our community will be maintained.

Legislative Assembly—disorderly behaviour

Ruling by Deputy Speaker

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Before I go to call any other members, I want to talk about some table thumping or desk thumping that happened yesterday in this place. I checked with the Clerk about it because I was concerned that it may be unparliamentary. On page 160 of House of Representatives Practice it says that the chair has ruled that, whilst a member is speaking.

… the beating of hands on … or kicking … of Chamber desks is disorderly …

So could members refrain from thumping their tables when they are emphasising a point. I know that people are trying to emphasise a point and make sure that everybody understands that this is very important to the speaker, but I would imagine that it might be difficult for Hansard, apart from anything else. So could we just remember that: we are not to beat our desks when we are emphasising a point.

ACT Policing—budget

Debate resumed.

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Justice, Minister for Sport and Recreation and Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Transport Reform) (11.30): Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker; I will see if I can restrain myself from thumping the desk as I make my remarks.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you very much.

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