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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 2354..


University of Canberra and Canberra Institute of Technology

Statement by minister

DR BOURKE (Ginninderra—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Minister for Industrial Relations and Minister for Corrections): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement to clarify answers I gave in question time yesterday and on Thursday 3 May.

Leave granted.

DR BOURKE: Last week, in answer to a question from Mr Doszpot, I said that less than $60,000 had been spent on the costs of the process of the merger of UC and CIT. On advice received I indicated that the details were commercial-in-confidence. Yesterday Mr Doszpot asked me to clarify what was included in that figure and again I said that the details were commercial-in-confidence.

This morning I asked for the advice to be clarified. Under part 3 of the ACT Government Procurement Act 2001, consultants are able to request that their daily rate only be treated as confidential. I will provide the Assembly with a statement of costs as soon as this is provided to me.

Questions without notice

Roads—pedestrian crossings

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Deputy Chief Minister. In my consultations with seniors groups in the ACT they have indicated concerns about the short time periods that lights at pedestrian crossings stay green for. Minister, what are the standards used for the calibration of these cycles and when was the last time they were reviewed by the ACT government?

MR BARR: I will need to take some advice from Territory and Municipal Services. I would presume it would be the Australian standard that would apply in relation to pedestrian crossing timing. I am happy to take some advice from TAMS and provide that information to the Assembly.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Minister, does the government make allowances for crossings directly adjoining and close to aged care facilities?

MR BARR: My understanding is that such allowances are made in a number of different areas—areas that are close to childcare centres, aged-care facilities et cetera. There are different road transport treatments provided in those areas. I will seek a more fulsome brief from TAMS and provide that information to the Assembly.

MS BRESNAN: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Bresnan.


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