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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 6 Hansard (13 June) . . Page.. 1626..


Mr Speaker, I commend the Government Response to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Paper

Mr Smyth presented the following paper:

Review of the Water Resources Act 1998.

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission-taxi fares

Paper

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Business, Tourism and the Arts and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.41): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the following paper:

Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission-Taxi fares-Final report for 1 July 2001 to 30 June 2003.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

I seek leave to have my tabling statement incorporated in Hansard.

Leave granted.

The speech read as follows:

Mr Speaker, I present the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission's report 'Taxi Fares for 1 July 2001 - 30 June 2003, pursuant to the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Act 1997.

This report is the second review of taxi fares conducted by the Commission and I thank the Senior Commissioner, Mr Paul Baxter, for his report.

The Terms of Reference to the Commission required investigation into:

� the methodology for determining prices, and to recommend maximum taxi fares for a two year period from 1 July 200 1; and

� matters referred to in Section 20 of the Independent Competition and Regulatory Commission Act 1997 including standards of quality, reliability and safety; the need for greater efficiency and the principles of ecological sustainable development.

Mr Speaker, I welcome the Commissioner's Direction on taxi fares.

In summary, the Commission recommended that:

� the average maximum taxi fare be increased by 5.5 % from 1 July 2001; and


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