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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 6 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1637..


Traffic and parking infringement notices

MRS CROSS: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr Wood. Minister, could you please inform the house of the budget estimate for income from traffic infringement notices and parking infringement notices, and the year to date revenue from these fines?

MR WOOD: No, I can't. I take it you mean the current budget.

Mrs Cross: Yes.

MR WOOD: You might ask Brendan Smyth that-he put that into his budget some time ago. I certainly do not have those figures but I will be happy to provide them to you.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Cross, is supplementary information required?

MRS CROSS: Yes, Mr Speaker. Thank you. Mr Wood, as you are unable to provide this information in detail, could you please table-

Mr Stanhope: Get the budget papers out and have a look.

MRS CROSS: Will we give you a little platform, Chief Minister, and you can finish my question? Could you please-

Mr Stanhope: It wouldn't be hard.

MRS CROSS: Are you sure? I don't know about that. Could you please table it then by close of business today?

MR WOOD: I will endeavour to do so, but I won't give you a guarantee on that.

Rental housing

MS DUNDAS: My question is also for Mr Wood, but as minister for housing. I know you have been looking for housing questions, so here is one. Minister, as you would be aware, the Residential Tenancies Tribunal is funded solely by interest earnings from tenants' bond monies. Can the minister please explain why money is not recovered from landlords for the cost of operating the Residential Tenancies Tribunal, considering that most matters in the tribunal are brought by landlords?

MR WOOD: No, I cannot explain that. It does not seem a bad idea. I will have a look at the processes behind the funding of that, and the funding of other areas around providing support to tenants, and give a response in principle.

Government borrowings and debt

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Treasurer. Treasurer, I refer to your document Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002/2003 Budget Consultation that was released by your government on Maundy Thursday, 28 March 2002. A critical issue for the ACT under the previous government, under Mr Humphries, was the importance of managing debt levels very


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