Mr SLACK-SMITH: What action has the Minister for Police taken to protect the Towner family at Moree, who are suffering from an almost nightly ritual of broken windows, stone throwing and other attacks on their home? Why was Moree not on the list of nine areas specifically earmarked by the Minister this week for extra police resources?
Mr WHELAN: I am sure that the honourable member for Barwon was listening when in answer to a question in the House the other day I referred to nine of the many local areas of command that will benefit. The number of local areas of command to benefit was not limited to nine, and the honourable member for Barwon is being dishonest in suggesting the contrary. In reply to a question asked of me in
the House on Tuesday, I outlined in no uncertain terms the benefits that will flow through to Moree specifically. In relation to the family referred to, I say to the honourable member for Barwon that if he had done the decent thing and asked me for information I would have been happy to provide it.
Mr SPEAKER: Order! I call the honourable member for Monaro to order.
Mr WHELAN: The honourable member for Barwon should think again if he wants to grandstand and politically exploit a family and the trauma that the family is experiencing.