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(2) The term ‘AMBER alert’ is sometimes used within ACT Policing as a collective term referring to all urgent information dissemination and request mechanisms in respect of the incidents listed above.

However, more accurately, AMBER Alerts are issued in child abduction cases in collaboration with the social media platform, Facebook. AMBER Alerts are used as a broadcasting alert system issued through Facebook.

Facebook AMBER Alerts are displayed as the second story on the news feed of all Facebook users located within a 160 km geographical radius of the abduction. This alert occurs regardless of whether or not those users subscribe to any associated ACT Policing specific Facebook profiles. The alert is requested by ACT Policing through Facebook.

The alert remains in existence for 24 hours unless cancelled by ACT Policing and includes a photograph, relevant descriptions and police contact details.

Facebook AMBER Alerts complement the distribution of information by ACT Policing via its social media channels and traditional media outlets. Facebook AMBER Alerts provide police the ability to disseminate information to a larger and more accurately targeted audience than might otherwise be possible via traditional means.

(3) Once the family of a missing child have consented, Facebook AMBER Alerts can be enacted when the following circumstances have been met:

There is reasonable belief by a law enforcement agency that an abduction has occurred;

The law enforcement agency believes that a missing child is in imminent danger of serious bodily injury or death;

There is enough descriptive information about the victim and the abduction for the law enforcement agency to issue an AMBER Alert to assist in the recovery of the child; and

The abduction is of a child under 18 years of age.

Additionally, police notify the public via radio, television and other social media outlets and engage relevant internal and external stakeholders.

Government—land development policies
(Question No 771)

Ms Lee asked the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development, upon notice, on 27 October 2017:

In relation to the Minister’s response to part (8) of question on notice 511 on 21 September, did she state that the ACT Government had pursued a financial penalty in respect of the FOY Group’s failure to complete the contract for sale; if so, (a) what is the amount of penalty to be applied, (b) at what point will it be applied and (c) what other avenues are open to Government in the event the penalty is not paid.

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