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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 12 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 5031..


MR BARR: That is a matter that the department will negotiate with the House With No Steps. It is not a matter that I will be determining.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Yes, Mr Speaker. Minister, have you consulted the families that will be affected by this change in service delivery?

MR BARR: The government certainly has. I had the opportunity to meet with some parents over the weekend. I took the opportunity also to provide a further briefing for a number of associations in relation to the ongoing operation of support services by the Department of Education and Training. It is important to recognise that through the consultation process a variety of views were put forward and the government, through the Department of Education and Training, listened to those views. I think Mr Seselja read out a particular letter from a constituent imploring the government to consider that particular view. The government did. Outcomes have changed and that is a good thing.

Liquor licence fees

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Attorney-General. The Office of Regulatory Services has today sent a generic letter to liquor licensees and permit holders advising them that the new fees and regulations are available for viewing on the Office of Regulatory Services website. I seek leave to table a copy of the letter from the Office of Regulatory Services.

Leave granted.

MRS DUNNE: I table the following paper:

Liquor fees and regulations—Copy of form letter to licensees/permit holders from the Commissioner for Fair Trading.

No fee schedule was attached to this letter. Apart from a general statement about the structure of the fees schedule, the letter provided no form of guide as to how the new fees would work, nor did it offer any assistance to licensees and permit holders should they require any. Attorney, given the radical changes your government has made to the ACT's liquor licensing laws and licence and permit fees, why was ORS less than helpful in the information that it provided to licensees and permit holders today?

MR CORBELL: I will need to review the substance of the letter that Mrs Dunne refers to. I have not seen a copy of that correspondence, and I will review that before providing further answers to her question.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.


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