Page 4824 - Week 13 - Wednesday, 1 November 2017

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The joint project will allow for anybody to spy on and marvel at one of our most engaging species in the ACT. Based on early information, during the current nesting season the little eagles are most likely to be visiting the nest between 8 am and 10 am. You can also track the progress of the nest building and see any additions the eagle is making to the nest.

The new video technology allows both researchers and the public to be engaged in this research. The eagles are cautious birds and will easily abandon a nesting site if disturbed so the camera presents a great opportunity. This is particularly prevalent at the early stages of nesting prior to a chick so having this non-intrusive video streaming provides both researchers and the public with a disturbance-free form of access to the bird.

Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders—out of home care review

MS STEPHEN-SMITH: In one of my responses today I indicated that the first meeting of the steering committee of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander over-representation review had occurred last week. It was, in fact, yesterday.

ACT Policing—funding

Debate resumed.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (3.26): While I appreciate and agree with the general thrust of what Mrs Jones is saying, or at least what I understand she is saying in her motion—that is, that police perform a very important role in our city and that they need to be adequately resourced—I think that we need to put this motion into perspective and in its proper context. Just as the agencies for which I am responsible have been subject to savings over time, I think it is reasonable that the police, as a government agency, also are required to find efficiencies. I do not think there is any reason to expect that the police cannot make efforts to find efficiencies or improve the efficacy of their operations.

In some obvious ways, police are different to other agencies. They have a front-line enforcement and protection role but, like other agencies, they also run offices and management structures, training and travel and a whole host of functions typical of government or government-funded agencies. Of course, efficiency drives apply at the federal level as well, as members would know, and it is worth noting that they also apply to agencies that receive government appropriations, such as the Australian Federal Police.

I do note that Minister Gentleman’s amendment indicates that, in response to the growing ACT population and geographical footprint, in the 2017-18 budget the government has invested $2 million to review current operating models and infrastructure to assist the government and ACT Policing to make informed,

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