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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (31 May) . . Page.. 1291..


MR BARR (continuing):

line with legislative best practice. This will occur as part of a general review of ACT tribunals currently being conducted by the Department of Justice and Community Safety. Consequential amendments are expected to this act and other acts as a result of that review.

Whilst the practice of surveying is transparent to most of the Canberra community, surveyors themselves are vitally concerned with the regulatory framework that they work within. Surveyors have been consulted from the outset of the preparation of this bill. A community consultation paper was prepared and made public in September 2006. Feedback on the consultation paper was received from individual surveyors and from their professional institute. Surveyors were overwhelmingly in favour of the major change from the commissioner model to the chief surveyor but, as a result of feedback, some other proposed reforms were not included in the draft bill and others were modified.

The consultation paper was followed by consultation on the exposure draft Surveyors Bill, which provided further opportunities for submissions on the draft legislation. The exposure draft Surveyors Bill 2007 and the associated documents were available for public consultation from 20 March 2007 to 3 April 2007. A copy of the consultation paper and the exposure draft bill was provided to every surveyor registered in the ACT. Feedback on the exposure draft was universally positive. The Surveyors Bill 2007 will provide a simple but effective regulatory framework for the practice of surveying in the territory and substantially improve the utilisation of surveying and spatial information expertise within the authority. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Seselja ) adjourned to the next sitting.

MR SPEAKER: I remind members, in extending debate at lunchtime, that there are lots of other officers around the place who rely on us finishing on time. Just keep that in mind in future.

Sitting suspended from 12.35 to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Hospitals—pay parking

MR STEFANIAK: My question is to the Minister for Health. When the introduction of pay parking at the ACT's two public hospitals was announced, you noted that revenue of the order of $800,000 would be raised. Since then, you announced a number of concessions that would have reduced the revenue that you raised. As well, the government hired a consultant to establish the system and spent money in establishing the system. Minister, how much money was raised through pay parking? How much money did you spend in total in introducing it into our hospitals?

MS GALLAGHER: I thank Mr Stefaniak for the question. In the implementation of pay parking, the cost was $1.8 million in terms of some of the work that was required. That included some of the consultancy. It also included some changes to traffic arrangements at both sites, signage, parking meters—things like that. To the end of May it was expected that we would receive about $1.2 million in revenue. I had certainly informed the Assembly on previous occasions that revenue was higher than


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