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improvements will be made if they are identified as needing to be undertaken, and that the operation of the road safety camera network continues to improve road safety overall here in the territory.
MR COE: Supplementary question.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, why was the Federal Highway chosen as a site for a speed camera when, in the three years prior to installation, there was not a recorded accident at the site?
MR CORBELL: In relation to the Federal Highway—and in relation, indeed, to any site—a range of factors are taken into account. One is traffic volume. Another is accident rate. And, depending on which particular camera we are talking about, different weightings have been applied in relation to that methodology. There have been established methodologies at each stage of the development of the road safety camera network. That methodology has shifted over time as the ACT has developed and implemented more and different types of road safety camera technologies.
This is one of the issues that I am very keen to have independently reviewed. I think it is important that we do that. It is something that I anticipate the Auditor-General will make some observations on. That is why I think it is equally important that we commission outside independent expert review of these matters. That is why I have commissioned the University of New South Wales to undertake that work. I look forward to seeing their analysis.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Berry
MS BERRY: When will the evaluation take place?
MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Berry for her supplementary. The government has earlier this year issued a request for tender. I was pleased to confirm, as I mentioned earlier, that the University of New South Wales transport and road safety research group have been successful in securing that tender. They are highly experienced in evaluations of road safety programs.
A report detailing the findings of the evaluation is expected to be made available by the middle of this year. The evaluation will be used to identify any appropriate ongoing evaluation frameworks that are needed to support an ongoing, effective road safety camera network.
Ms Gallagher: Madam Speaker, I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answers to questions without notice
University of Canberra—student accommodation
MS GALLAGHER: I have one matter from question time yesterday. Ms Lawder asked me a question about Arscott House. I have been in touch with the University of
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