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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2017 Week 09 Hansard (Thursday, 24 August 2017) . . Page.. 3383 ..

The government has also invested funding in the 2017-18 budget to implement a number of security enhancements at ACT Policing facilities to improve safety for its staff and the public. This initiative will deliver physical hardening strategies across a number of ACT Policing facilities. It will enhance and implement remedial reforms required to limit risks to ACT Policing facilities, its members and the public. These remedial measures will provide greater protection in response to the threat of terrorism and other security risks.

In planning for the future and in addition to these current community safety initiatives, the government is investing in the future to ensure that ACT Policing has access to appropriate resources, facilities and capabilities. The additional funding in this budget will support ACT Policing to undertake a review of its current operating model and infrastructure to define a service delivery model and accommodation requirements for the future. This will help define the future requirements for ACT Policing. It will provide a strategic investment plan for ACT Policing and the ACT government, outlining the accommodation footprint and informing the operational service model to best meet the needs of the growing ACT population.

This plan has the potential to enhance capability and deliver savings and efficiencies to the ACT government by setting the strategic direction for ACT Policing’s accommodation, identifying options for streamlining police services to the ACT community, and clearly articulating where strategic investment could harvest savings to ensure best economic value is achieved. The master accommodation plan will determine the most effective use of expenditure for accommodation and support a more effective and efficient employment of policing resources for future years.

I am pleased to have recently signed the purchase agreement with the AFP Commissioner and the Chief Police Officer for the ACT for the provision of policing services to the ACT for 2017 to 2021. The purchase agreement outlines the total ACT Policing budget appropriation of $161.3 million for the 2017-18 financial year and the significant investments in the new initiatives. This demonstrates the government’s commitment to ensuring that ACT Policing is well resourced to keep the Canberra community and our police officers safe, and we are adequately planning for the future of policing in the ACT.

Proposed expenditure agreed to.

Legal Aid Commission—Part 1.16.

MR HANSON (Murrumbidgee) (4.32): There is no doubt that the Legal Aid Commission often has to take on some difficult cases, and I think that this year is going to be potentially again a difficult year for the Legal Aid Commission, based on the funding.

I note that there is extra funding being provided for the potential retrial of Mr Eastman. I make no judgement on that case, and I will not refer to it, but I note the significant funding that has been put towards that as part of the extra work that the Legal Aid Commission is required to do.

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