Page 272 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 February 2018

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MR GENTLEMAN: Specifically, I would say the police liquor task force is one of the examples of providing support for our Canberra community against violent crime. This is particularly targeted at offences that occur where people are intoxicated in, for example, the night life precincts of Canberra. We have invested in that. They have had results. That is one of the particular ones. But, as I said, we have invested strongly in ACT police—a $161 million contract with an extra $8.8 million for ACT Policing.

MR HANSON: Minister, have you met with any of the victims of these incidents, including staff from Raiders Weston? If so, what did you learn from them?

MR GENTLEMAN: I have not met with those particular staff, but I have met with their representatives. We feel, of course, for those victims of crime. That is why we are providing advice to clubs on safety for their members through the expert advice of ACT Policing.

Crime—motorcycle gangs

MR HANSON: My question is to the Attorney-General and it relates to a report in the Canberra Times of January this year entitled “Confidential police files reveal true scale of Canberra’s bikie feud”. I quote from the article:

Since 2015 there has been a continued increase in serious criminal activity known to be associated with outlaw motor cycle gangs including home invasions, assaults, arsons, kidnapping, extortion, drive-by shootings and other offences involving firearms …

“ACT Policing has also seen an increase in the number of known overt outlaw motorcycle gang runs into, and meetings held in, Canberra involving interstate gang members since 2015.”

As you know, Attorney-General, New South Wales passed their anti-bikie laws in early 2015.

Ms Fitzharris: A point of order.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order.

Ms Fitzharris: Madam Speaker, I believe there is a standing order that limits the introduction to a question, and I believe that Mr Hanson may have exceeded a reasonable length of time to ask a question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Thank you, minister. I am not going to uphold the point of order, but it is worth all members realising that there is an upcoming review of standing orders, and members may wish to participate in that. Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: I will continue, in the interests of brevity. As you know, Attorney-General—through you, of course, Madam Speaker, in accordance with standing order 42—New South Wales passed their anti-bikie laws in 2015, which the ACT currently lacks.

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