Page 5124 - Week 14 - Tuesday, 28 November 2017

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Why has the ACT government allowed a backlog of road pavement repairs to develop, with the backlog increasing by 400 per cent since 2010-11?

MS FITZHARRIS: I note that this was addressed in the government’s response to the Auditor-General’s report, and previously in the annual reports hearings just a couple of weeks ago. It is certainly the case that we welcomed the Auditor-General’s report. As I indicated in annual reports hearings and in the government’s response, we have agreed with all the recommendations in the Auditor-General’s report and we are seeking to change a number of policy and planning processes. We will endeavour to continue to invest in the maintenance and upgrade of our road network.

MRS JONES: Minister, why had the government failed to develop a plan to address this backlog of road pavement repairs previous to that report?

MS FITZHARRIS: I can speak to what we are doing now, and we are indeed developing our plans.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, why is Roads ACT unable to ensure that existing assets are being managed and maintained efficiently and effectively and that they fully support the delivery of services?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am not sure I fully understood what the last part of that question was. Roads ACT are indeed making sure that we can manage now and into the future a very extensive road network.


MS ORR: My question is to the Attorney-General. How is the government supporting police, prosecutors and courts with legislation to deal with the threat of criminal gang violence?

MR RAMSAY: The government takes criminal gang violence very seriously. We are strongly committed to responding to these gangs’ criminal activities in ways that are evidence-based, including lessons learned from other jurisdictions. We also work closely with ACT Policing to ensure that the responses that we develop are forming a practical toolkit of measures genuinely effective in deterring, disrupting and prosecuting gang-related violence and other criminal activity.

The government’s approach is a combination of four key response areas: Taskforce Nemesis, legislative reform, intelligence and the confiscation of criminal assets. The government has committed significant funds to Taskforce Nemesis to enhance its investigative and intelligence capabilities, including forensic accounting experts. The government’s focus has been to ensure that ACT Policing has the resources and tools necessary to do its job.

We are confident that, through Taskforce Nemesis and its whole range of enforcement tools, ACT Policing is well equipped and will continue to keep this community safe. Our legislative response this year included introducing a specific new drive-by

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