Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 August 2017) . . Page.. 2802 ..
MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: Sorry, you will need leave to make a statement.
MR BARR: I seek leave to respond to a statement in response to the member opposite’s statement in response to my statement in question time.
MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: You do need to use the standing orders.
MR BARR: Indeed.
MADAM ACTING SPEAKER: You were quoting them before.
MR BARR: There is no government policy for an efficiency dividend. That does not preclude the government seeking savings in portfolio areas. The question was specifically in relation to an efficiency dividend. That has a very clear meaning and understanding. My response is in accordance with that very clear meaning and understanding. As I indicated in my response to his subsequent question, the government in fact provided an additional appropriation for the Director of Public Prosecutions.
MR GENTLEMAN: I have two answers arising from question time. The first is to Mr Wall’s question in regard to the gate at Googong. I can advise that while I was away directorate officials worked with those stakeholders whom we discussed. They will be installing an automatic closing gate with access for the anglers. That will ensure that the community has access to Googong while ensuring the savings that we were after.
In regard to Mrs Jones’s questions about drive-offs, police have advised that they do take action on drive-offs from petrol stations. Where the complainant elects to report the incident without provision of supporting evidence and police identify evidence of a secondary criminality such as repeat offences, stolen number plates or stolen vehicles, a police investigation will be commenced and supporting evidence will be requested from the complainant.
Where the complainant elects to report the incident and provides supporting evidence such as CCTV and witness statement and there is no evidence of secondary criminality a police investigation will be commenced and the complainant will be required to commit to the judicial process. When the complainant cannot provide evidence or evidence is not available there is, unfortunately, limited action that police can take.