Page 1985 - Week 06 - Wednesday, 7 June 2017

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ongoing funding of the Eastman trial. There is a range of ways in which the community can continue to remain sure that what we have is a safe and protected community.

MS LEE: Attorney, with a directorate that is already stressed, how can the people of Canberra be assured that front-line services for safety, security and law enforcement will not be cut?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Lee for the supplementary. I note that in a number of areas work within this directorate is also within the area of responsibility of the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. I would also like to point out that as part of the budget there has been increased funding for additional police in relation to the liquor reform package that we have announced.

One of the things going on is that we have continued to work to develop the ongoing safety, the ongoing enjoyment of this city. There is a range of ways that the increased funding for the Director of Public Prosecutions is occurring. We are very confident that the people of Canberra can continue to enjoy a safe, secure and vibrant city.

MR HANSON: In light of increasing contemporary threats, why is your directorate facing any cuts at all?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Mr Hanson for the question. All directorates are able to continue to increase their efficiencies, and the directorate within my portfolio is one of those. There are a number of ways: with increased efforts and energies around technology, increased efficiencies, new ways of cooperating across this directorate and others. It is no different from any others, and we continue to improve and to also work for the safety of Canberra.


MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Treasurer and relates to the budget. Treasurer, did any of your budget considerations include specific modelling to gauge its impacts on women?

MR BARR: The government, through the budget process, assesses a wide range of expenditure and capital works bids through an exhaustive process of deliberation. Some of those bids will involve the commissioning of some additional work, either at the beginning of the business case development process or during cabinet’s deliberations. It depends a little on what you mean by modelling. That can have many different interpretations or applications depending on the nature of a particular budget bid.

Certainly the cabinet considers each business case on its merits and various ministers, whether it be from a portfolio perspective or a whole-of-government perspective, ensure that the views of women and the benefits of particular projects for women are taken into account in their assessment.

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