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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Tuesday, 21 August 2018) . . Page.. 3285 ..

The charges include attempted murder, 10 counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, forcible confinement, use of a prohibited weapon, aggravated burglary, theft, criminal damage and four offences relating to stealing motor vehicles.

Another media release, from Friday, 17 August this year, entitled “Second man arrested in Operation Athabasca”, says:

A Calwell man will face the ACT Magistrates Court today on six charges including aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary for offences dating back to 2010.

ACT Policing yesterday arrested the 29-year-old as part of Operation Athabasca for his involvement in two historic aggravated offences.

He is the second person arrested as a result of the operation which is focused on linking and solving long-term aggravated offences.

Yesterday ACT Policing announced a 25-year-old man has been summonsed on 22 charges including attempted murder, forcible confinement and aggravated robbery in relation to historic offences between 2009 and 2018.

Detective Station Sergeant Harry Hains said while this is a good result it is only the beginning.

“The operation remains ongoing and ACT Policing’s Crime Disruption Team are investigating a number of leads,” Detective Hains said.

In closing, I want to congratulate ACT Policing and the crime team on these outcomes, and on their ongoing work to keep Canberrans safe and bring these criminals to justice.

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong) (12.02): I want to add a few further remarks on some areas that are not in my portfolio. I am speaking as a member of the crossbench. In relation to the investment in police and emergency services, we do know that global warming is increasing bushfire danger weather in the ACT, which creates an increased risk of bushfires. As the minister has alluded to this morning, this is having an impact. The fire season is starting earlier and running for longer, and will continue to lengthen into the future. We must adequately equip and resource our firefighters to respond to this increasing threat, particularly in a bushfire-prone landscape like the ACT.

At the last election the Greens called for the purchase of a new aerial pumper fire truck for ACT Fire & Rescue, which became part of the parliamentary agreement, and it is pleasing to see funding for this important piece of equipment provided in this budget. With urban density in our city increasing, the new aerial pumper will be able to better navigate suburban areas and multistorey buildings more efficiently, which is an important capability for our firefighters to have.

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