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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (26 September) . . Page.. 2681..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

people who organised the contract to do the repairs to the roofing, ducting and all the rest of it, and we were just dependent on their activities under the contract. I am not aware of why the main entrance was closed on that date. I will find out and get the information back to the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question from Mrs Burke.

MRS BURKE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Thank you, minister. While you are at that, minister, you could perhaps find out what prevented the planning and undertaking of the project of the main door to the Civic library during the five months that the library was closed. Thank you.

MR HARGREAVES: Again, Mr Speaker, I can only reiterate my earlier comment. We are just tenants of the Cultural Facilities Corporation.

Roads—speed and red light cameras

MR PRATT: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, in 1999, during a debate about speed cameras, you said:

The ACT should set the standards with speed and red light cameras for the rest of the country. We should learn from the problems of those other States and ensure that they do not occur here. There is a lot of dissatisfaction with speed cameras in the States, and I would hope that when the regime here is evaluated we will take into account some of the problems that have been encountered in those States.

What have we learned from other states and why are we seeing the same level of dissatisfaction, if not more than other states?

MR HARGREAVES: I actually attended a meeting just the other night and talked about speed camera issues. In a sense, I road tested the opinion on the new cameras, the mobile speed cameras and the red light and speed cameras at major intersections. I had 100 per cent feedback on it—all of the same view. The view was this: when people get caught going through any kind of speed camera at all and they get pinged, they are actually breaking the law. Everybody at this particular meeting said to me that if people do not go and break the law then they do not end up with a speeding ticket. They had absolutely no difficulties with it at all.

We have in the ACT different types of cameras, as many members would know. There are the mobile speed cameras, and they come with no notice at all—they just appear. They appear in locations which are determined by crash records and speed surveys, but they just appear. We also have police officers with radars, and they do exactly the same thing—they appear without notice.

The red light speed cameras at intersections are very well signposted. Notwithstanding that, there is a significant amount of speeding and running of red lights at the Northbourne Avenue and Antill Street intersections—significant. They are adequately signposted because those signposts are according to the standards. They are repeated elsewhere interstate, yet many people still continue to speed through that intersection and go through the red lights.


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