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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2782 ..

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mrs Jones for her continued interest in this matter for business owners across the territory. It is in regard to the evidence that can be provided to police and the evidence that police can act on in regard to the drive-offs. As I have mentioned earlier, we have taken a proactive stance, if you like, in other opportunities to dissuade people from stealing cars or from changing numberplates across the ACT.

In fact, we have instituted the numberplate safety screws that police are able to affix to vehicles for people that apply at police stations, which has assisted quite a bit in reducing the number of numberplates removed across the ACT and therefore has helped in these drive-off situations too. Those are proactive measures we are taking. Of course, as I said, it is goes to the amount of evidence that can be supplied to police or that police can act on.

MRS JONES: Of the approximately 1,408 incidents of fuel theft, how many incidents were the 16 people charged responsible for; and for how many more incidents of fuel theft have the responsible persons not been charged?

MR GENTLEMAN: There are quite a number of incidents that Mrs Jones has indicated. I will have to take that on notice and get the detail for Mrs Jones, but I am happy to do that and come back to the Assembly.

MR WALL: Minister, what policies, if any, have you implemented since taking charge of this portfolio area that empower petrol station owners and operators to recoup payment from people shown to have stolen fuel whilst in a non-stolen vehicle?

MR GENTLEMAN: It is a specific question in regard to policy on drive-offs relating to fuel theft in non-stolen vehicles. I have not taken any action specifically in that regard.

Mrs Jones: Why not?

MR GENTLEMAN: That is because we have laws in place that deal with these sorts of activities across the ACT. As I said the challenge is not the law or the policy; it is the opportunity for police to get the evidence needed to be able to make the charges.

Icon Water—waste to energy plant

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister in his role as the shareholding minister for Icon Water and it relates to ActewAGL’s proposed $200 million waste to energy plant in Fyshwick. On 2 August you told the Assembly that the shareholder ministers provide approval for Icon Water’s major purchases. When will you be approving or rejecting Icon Water becoming a 25 per cent owner of the waste to energy plant?

MR BARR: There is a formal process that needs to be gone through.

MS LE COUTEUR: I did not quite hear what Minister Barr said.

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