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Canberra to seek a review or request a withdrawal, with information about these options outlined on the infringement as well as on the website. Infringement plans are also available to customers who may need assistance in managing infringement debt. Repayment amounts through such a plan vary, depending on individual circumstances, with a minimum of $10 a week repayment. These plans have supported many vulnerable people in our community to clear their infringement debt, including, for example, detainees at the Alexander Maconochie Centre. As an alternative to licence suspension, a full licence holder can also choose to serve a 12-month good behaviour period instead of serving a demerit point suspension.
The government also provides the Work or Development Program. This program allows eligible people to engage in community work or social development programs to reduce infringement debt. For those unable to access the programs I have mentioned that cannot pay the infringement, a waiver can also be sought and assessed, again through Access Canberra.
The government will continue its work to provide a regulatory approach that is fair and proportionate. Where a financial penalty is incurred, there are established options available to support anyone to manage the penalty in a responsible way. This approach will continue to support Canberra as a safe, accessible and liveable city, but of course we look forward to the outcomes from Mr Braddock’s motion later this year. Thank you.
MR BRADDOCK (Yerrabi) (3.27), in reply: I thank all members for your support for this motion today. Like all, I will be very interested to see the outcomes. From there, we will be able to determine what further steps may need to be taken. I commend my amended motion to the Assembly.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MS LEE (Kurrajong—Leader of the Opposition) (3.27): I move:
That this Assembly:
(1) notes that the:
(a) ACT Auditor-General’s Report No 13/2021 identified serious probity issues in procurement practices for the Campbell Primary School Modernisation Project; and
(b) ACT Integrity Commissioner has publicly stated that the probity problems identified by the Auditor-General are “likely to be endemic” in the ACT Government;
(2) recognises that:
(a) the concerns raised by the Auditor-General are serious, and require the ACT Government to review and make necessary changes to its procurement culture, processes and practice; and
(b) Canberrans deserve assurance that their tax dollars are being used by the ACT Government to provide the best value for money; and