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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (12 August) . .

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The areas of future focus are customer experience, network and service performance, fares and ticketing, and our own internal structures to make sure they are as efficient as possible. That is the purpose—it is about making sure ACTION is performing as well as possible and that we have the modern systems and job descriptions in place to make sure we are delivering those outcomes that the government is seeking.

Government—explosives licensing fee

MR WALL: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, in 2012 Shooters Wholesale, a local business, paid $485 for a three-year licence fee to import, store and supply explosives in the ACT. However, upon renewal of the same licence this year the fee increased to a whopping $7,350—that is, a 1,500 per cent increase. Attorney, what are the reasons for such a staggering increase?

MADAM SPEAKER: Is this for you, Attorney-General?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Wall for his question but no, these matters do not fall within my portfolio responsibilities.

Mr Wall: Could you provide some guidance?

MADAM SPEAKER: Would you like to provide some guidance to Mr Wall on where he should direct his question?

Mr Barr: Access Canberra.

MR CORBELL: The question should be directed to the Chief Minister, as he is responsible for Access Canberra, which administers these matters.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Barr, are you going to take up Mr Wall's question?

MR BARR: I am looking for some information at the moment, Madam Speaker. I am aware of a particular issue in relation to this. I am sure my office will provide me with the information. I have seen a media inquiry and I recall that there was an entirely legitimate explanation for the change in price. I will provide that information to the member.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: I was going to ask, Chief Minister, when did you become aware of it, but it seems you are not entirely aware. What I will ask is: when was the business notified of the reason for the increase in these fees, and what were the circumstances of the fees increasing to this extent?

MR BARR: I will take that on notice. I am aware of the particular incident but I do not have immediate recall of all of the facts in relation to that particular case.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.


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