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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 4443..


MR COE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you identified what additional ICT would be required to support the use of the data provided by the new ticketing system, even if it is just a single modal system?

MR STANHOPE: I personally have not engaged in the issues around the ICT related to the ticketing system, but I have every confidence that the department has.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, a supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how much revenue has been lost due to the frequent delays in introducing a replacement ticketing system?

MR STANHOPE: I do not have the absolute number on that, but it is quite significant and it is a reflection of the fact that the current system is well beyond its use-by date. That is why we have invested $8 million to replace it. In terms of the quantum, I am happy to take that. The information has been—

Mr Smyth: It was beyond its use-by date.

MR STANHOPE: I believe the information was provided during estimates. In fact, I am sure that information was provided during estimates. If it was not, it is being provided through subsequent questions on notice. If the shadow minister cannot find his copies of that information or access the Hansard to ferret it out, I am sure TAMS will be happy to be of further assistance to him.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, given your publicly expressed concerns about governance arrangements, how can you have confidence that this ticketing system will be delivered on time and on budget?

MR STANHOPE: We are currently trialling it. The system is based very much on the system that has been rolled out in Western Australia. Indeed, that was the attractiveness of it—that it has been proven in Western Australia. It has been trialled and it is operational there. We are, of course, taking on board all of the accumulated experience of the Western Australia transport authority. We have worked closely with them. ACTION officials and management have scoped it quite significantly. At this stage I am more than happy to trust in TAMS to deliver this new ticketing system. Having said that, of course, we are aware that some of the anxiety around the smart card ticketing system has been generated by some of the very significant teething issues that were experienced in Melbourne.

Canberra—quality of life

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Chief Minister, and it concerns one of the indicators in Measuring our progress, which is the ACT government's report card on


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