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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 04 Hansard (Thursday, 30 March 2017) . . Page.. 1355 ..

MRS JONES: Minister, what impact have budget cuts from 2013-14, which affected the city beat, of $15.3 million, had on the number of assaults we are now seeing in the city centre?

MR GENTLEMAN: Briefs and information provided to me from ACT Policing have assured me that front-line policing has remained unchanged in recent years. As I said, they are using a different model, intelligence-led policing. It is my hope that they will continue to improve the results for ACT Policing and that crime statistics go down in the territory.

Crime—offences while on bail

MS LEE: My question is to the Attorney-General. On 23 March last week you were asked a question by Ms Cheyne about the DPP power to review bail. You stated in your answer:

It is one of the ways that we are working quickly and effectively to ensure the ongoing improvement of our bail system and the ongoing security of our legal system in this city.

How many times has that power been used and in what types of cases?

MR RAMSAY: The precise details of that I will take on notice.

MS LEE: Attorney, do you intend to keep records to review the operation of this power?

MR RAMSAY: I should note that the bail review power commences on 1 May so to that extent the bail review power itself has not been used as yet. But in terms of the ongoing work, as I have indicated before in this place regarding the integrated case management system that is being implemented—it is one of the sound investments of this government—it will be able to draw on a range of information and research for the use of the justice system.

MR HANSON: Why is it, minister, that this government has failed to collect statistics on any bail measures for at least five years and has been saying for the past two or three years that you will have to wait for a particular IT system to come in before we receive any of that information?

MR RAMSAY: I thank the member for his supplementary question. The ongoing improvement of the justice system and its record keeping is one of the matters that has been discussed here and has been discussed in the annual reports. I commit again to the fact that the integrated case management system is being invested in. It has been rolled out already across the civil jurisdiction; it is coming in in the criminal jurisdiction as well. It is one of the ways that we are continuing to improve.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—staffing practices

MRS KIKKERT: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, how often does senior management fill in for front-line youth workers at Bimberi, and why?

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