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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 6 Hansard (4 June) . . Page.. 1746..

Ms Gallagher interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Chief Minister, you don't help either.


MRS JONES: My question is to the Attorney-General and it is in relation to parking. Revenue from parking fees is expected to rise by $4 million to $17.8 million in the next year. This represents a 30 per cent increase in parking fee revenue. Minister, by how much will parking fees across Canberra have to increase in order to achieve this additional revenue?

MR CORBELL: The increase in percentage terms is approximately three per cent across the board based on the WPI. The government is also investing resources in additional enforcement capability, and a further eight parking inspectors are employed in this budget to deliver improved enforcement. The government is seeing an increase in the number of complaints received from residents about illegal parking, whether that is in the suburbs, whether it is on the nature strips—

Mr Coe: On a point of order, Madam Speaker, the Attorney-General is going way off track. I am not sure whether he actually understands the question, because he was talking about WPI. The question that Mrs Jones asked was: by how much will parking fees across Canberra have to increase in order to achieve this additional revenue? That is nothing to do with WPI or illegal parking.

Mr Rattenbury: On the point of order, Madam Speaker, I think Mr Coe would have struggled to hear the answer because he was so busy interjecting. Perhaps he might listen more closely to the attorney.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is not a point of order.

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! I am attempting to make a ruling, Mr Hanson. Mrs Jones asked a question about how much the fees would go up, and I heard the attorney talking about how fees would go up. He mentioned WPI, which I thought was perfectly reasonable in the circumstances, and I do not uphold the point of order. Attorney-General.

MR CORBELL: Of course, they were not listening; that is the real problem. They ask the question but they are not interested in the answer. The government is also collecting more revenue because we are putting more inspectors on the beat because we are seeing more and more complaints from residents and we want to respond to those complaints. We see an unacceptably high level of illegal parking occurring in the city, particularly in the suburbs, particularly on nature strips and other areas of concern to residents. Extra parking inspectors will assist us to respond to those complaints, to enforce the road rules as they currently stand and respond to complaints raised by residents. I know that extra enforcement, whilst not welcomed

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