Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 10 Hansard (Wednesday, 19 October 2022) . . Page.. 3318 ..
MR BARR: Indeed, yes—so many months that they have become years, Ms Stephen-Smith! That is right, so I reject the assertion made in the question.
Mr Parton interjecting—
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Parton, enough!
MR COCKS: Minister, what training is being provided by the government to help the industry follow what they generally see as an unworkable regulation?
MR BARR: I understand there has been extensive engagement on this issue. The exact nature of the training packages I do not have in front of me, but I am sure information can be provided. Again, this is not a new issue. This has been talked about for quite some time.
I understand the industry position, but there is a more important question at stake here and that is the health and safety of workers. We have engaged and we have provided additional time, but we now have in place, for the process, a time frame to get this done. I know the opposition may not want it done, but it is going to happen
MS CASTLEY: Chief Minister, given that technology needs to follow this regulation, do you believe that the transition period has been long enough?
MR BARR: So the question is: do I believe the transition period has been long enough?
MADAM SPEAKER: Is the transition period long enough—I would caution on the word “believe” because it is asking for a matter of opinion.
MR BARR: Indeed, Madam Speaker. The government has been engaging for quite some time. This is not a new issue. This supplementary question is, effectively, the first question again, and I reject that assertion.
City Renewal Authority—levy-payer engagement
MR CAIN: My question is to the Chief Minister. Chief Minister, in budget estimates in August I asked questions of the City Renewal Authority and yourself about surveying levy payers on their satisfaction with the CRA’s administration and how the levy is expended. In answer to this you told me that Pollinate Group were engaged to do the annual survey earlier this year, which was posted to 650 levy payers but only 16 responses were received. You were advised by Pollinate that this was not a representative sample. Since then, you have had two workshops to gather more feedback, one other was cancelled due to low numbers. Will the CRA be using the feedback gathered from the Pollinate survey and workshops, noting it is not considered a representative sample?
MR BARR: I think we canvassed extensively in the hearings the questions of engagement in relation to a levy that has been in place for 15 or 20 years. So it predates the City Renewal Authority. Mr Cain may not be aware of that. The process of engagement in relation to its annual allocation is one that is undertaken regularly.