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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 15 Hansard (15 December) . . Page.. 5007..


(3) How effective has the program been since it was adopted.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Housing ACT keeps appropriate records of advice and support provided to tenants, however it is not possible to extract specific information in relation to the Conflict Resolution Service.

(2) There is no program that is known as the Change in Focus initiative.

(3) Not applicable.

Transport-disabled persons

(Question No 781)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services (redirected to the Minister for Urban Services), upon notice, on 17 November 2005:

(1) Has the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) Reference Group received a submission from CBD Chauffeured Transport, Dallarooma Pty Ltd;

(2) Was the CBD Chauffeured Transport submission tabled as part of findings in the WAT Reference Group Report; if so, on what date; if not, why not;

(3) Were hire car or bus operators excluded from participating in the review, and were they provided with an opportunity to enter the scheme;

(4) If a broader Transport Subsidy Scheme can be developed, will the Minister widen the options of transport available to fare-paying passengers with a disability.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) No

(2) No

(3) No. Public submissions were sought in a notice in The Canberra Times of 28 May 2005 and The Chronicle of 31 May 2005. The Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Reference Group's recommendation 35 is:

The possibility of undermining the viability of, and services provided by, the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi fleet through expanding access to the Taxi Subsidy Scheme for transport providers led the Reference Group to recommend that reimbursement through the Taxi Subsidy Scheme be accessible only to taxis in the short term.

(4) There is no intention to develop a broader Transport Subsidy Scheme at this time.

Urban Services-ranger duties

(Question No 782)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 17 November 2005:


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