Page 2028 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 28 June 2023

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clearly in that that was not true; in fact, we are seeing that this city is the fastest growing in the nation, certainly between the last two census periods. Why? Because we are a great place to live.

Mr Parton: It’s because of my TikTok, mate.

MR BARR: In acknowledgement of that quality interjection from Mr Parton, I dip my lid.

MADAM SPEAKER: That sounds like encouragement, Chief Minister!

Budget—fines revenue

MR PARTON: My question is to the Chief Minister, as Treasurer. The 2023-24 budget outlook states that total fines revenue will rise from $51 million in 2023-24 to almost $66 million in 2024-25 and then to $104 million in 2025-26. Chief Minister, why is the fines revenue going to double in two years?

Mr Rattenbury: Mrs Jones is going to be driving around more? Too soon?

MR BARR: Speaking of quality interjections, Mr Rattenbury! Glad that one wasn’t picked up on the audio, but I certainly heard it.

Mr Hanson: Madam Speaker, is there a new rule where, if they are good interjections, they are picked up but, if they are not good interjections, they are not picked up?

MADAM SPEAKER: I am not going to make a ruling on that one. I did not get Mr Rattenbury’s comments. So someone will have to share that at some point. But not now Mr Rattenbury.

MR BARR: I think if we can raise the quality of interjections, Mr Hanson, that will go a long way to making this place—quality over quantity.

In relation to Mr Parton’s question, there certainly are some new technologies that are currently being utilised in a trial phase that will go online after a period of warning for the community. And, of course, we are investing in more police, who are going to have a more active role in road safety.

MR PARTON: Will this increase in fines revenue impact heavily on the cost of living for regular Canberrans? It is a lot of money.

MR BARR: Fines are a voluntary taxation.

Mr Parton: Voluntary? So you do not have to pay them?

MR BARR: Voluntary, in that, if you do not commit the offence, you do not pay the fine.

Opposition members interjecting—

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