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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 03 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 March 2017) . . Page.. 760 ..


the community, including police themselves, from terrorist acts. The issue of radicalisation, particularly of young people, is complex and requires a joined-up and collaborative approach.

The ACT Government is progressing a joint community-based countering violent extremism response that facilitates pathways for deradicalisation and challenges the propaganda being amplified by violent extremist groups. The ACT countering violent extremism program was established in 2015 and provides a means for sharing information between ACT agencies, setting the strategic vision for CVE activities in the ACT and overseeing intervention activity as well.

While we cannot eliminate entirely the risk of terrorism any more than we can eliminate the risk of serious crime, the ACT government is committed to working collaboratively with ACT Policing to keep our legislation and capabilities under ongoing review to meet emerging needs and to mitigate risk.

In summary, I would like to commend to the Assembly the work of ACT Policing. ACT Policing is a dynamic and highly professional law enforcement agency that operates in a complex and challenging environment. Threats from crime change over time calling on police and government to be strategic, targeted and responsive to the community’s needs.

There is not a single simple solution to combating a crime type. As outlined in this statement, the ACT government continues to take a holistic and coordinated approach to supporting ACT Policing in their fight against crime. I take this opportunity to once again thank the Chief Police Officer and all ACT Policing sworn members and professional staff for their continuing commitment to providing an excellent police service to the Canberra community.

Policing’s role in our community is integral to delivering a number of the government’s key priorities, and I look forward to continuing to work with ACT Policing to ensure that our community remains safe.

Madam Speaker, I present a copy of the statement:

ACT Policing—Key priorities—Ministerial statement, 21 March 2017.

I move:

That the Assembly take note of the paper.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Harmony Day

Ministerial statement

MS STEPHEN-SMITH (Kurrajong—Minister for Community Services and Social Inclusion, Minister for Disability, Children and Youth, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Multicultural Affairs and Minister for


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