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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 9 Hansard (22 November) . . Page.. 2285..


MR DE DOMENICO: The answer to the second question is no. We tend to allow our senior executives to speak their own minds in the areas of expertise that they have. In answer to the first question, yes, I am often rung up or written to by people from interstate who happened to go to the gallery, for example, and found themselves with parking tickets. What I inform them usually is that the ACT parking inspectors are not allowed to go onto Commonwealth land unless they are invited to so do by the department that is in charge of that particular area of land.

Mr Berry: What has that to do with it?

MR DE DOMENICO: If you would listen you might learn a thing or two from time to time. People from the gallery will sometimes invite the ACT traffic inspectors to come onto their land and give traffic tickets. When they are so invited they go there and do what they are invited to do. In terms of our own traffic inspectors in the areas that we control, we always say to them, "Listen, for heaven's sake, use commonsense". Quite obviously, if there is any car, whether registered in the ACT or interstate, that is obstructing traffic or is in a position where the community is in danger or property is in danger, they will continue to issue tickets if they believe that they should do so.

MR WHITECROSS: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Mr De Domenico, you talk about commonsense. Will you ensure that the chief executive officer correctly understands how parking inspectors go about the business of administering the parking laws? Will you ensure that the parking inspectors do not discriminate between interstate and ACT motorists when administering the motor traffic laws?

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Whitecross, I am sure that no traffic inspector will discriminate against anybody. A traffic inspector is there to do a job. That job is to provide safety and also to make sure that people who park their cars do so according to the law. They will continue to do that. I would hope, and I would insist, that they do use commonsense when they do that. Most of them do, might I say. If the chief executive of Canberra Tourism wishes to be briefed on the role of traffic inspectors, I will give him that briefing.

Mrs Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Griffith Preschool

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, both Mr Whitecross and Ms McRae asked me some questions yesterday in relation to a shed that apparently is used as a cubbyhouse, from what I am told. I have a number of points to make which the department found out. Yesterday Ms McRae and Mr Whitecross asked questions concerning the removal of a decrepit cubbyhouse-cum-storage shed, it seems, from the grounds of the Stokes Street preschool. I provide the following information in relation to this issue which has been obtained by my department.


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