Page 5814 - Week 18 - Tuesday, 10 December 1991

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So, corporatisation of Totalcare needs to be accompanied by a clear statement of the social justice imperatives, and we have not heard those in debate yet. Perhaps the Chief Minister will speak about what she has done to ensure that the HACC programs and the other community service funded programs who use the heavy linen service and other linen services there will be protected, or whether the increased payments required on a competitive footing will be matched by increased funding grants, Commonwealth and territorial.

The final point I wish to make is that the ACT Auditor-General, under the principal Act, remains the Auditor-General for the TOC. But there is no real independence unless the Auditor-General is free of Executive direction. Of course, the Rally has a Bill in the private members list to bring that about, which effectively complements the aim of having a Territory owned corporation. I commend the Bill to the house, and I commend the ACTEW Bill which we left behind for close, careful and swift examination in the interests of all Territorians.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 5.41 to 8.00 pm


Debate resumed from 28 November 1991, on motion by Mr Connolly:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (8.00): It is good to see that someone has attempted to double the penalty for something. That is basically what this Bill does in relation to speeding. This Bill will be supported by my party, the Liberal Party, as we are a very good, strong law and order party. There is a lot of commonsense behind this Bill. Since this Assembly started, we have seen two increases in traffic infringement penalties. The first was a 70 to 80 per cent increase across the board, which took the maximum penalty from $80 to $130 for a number of minor traffic infringements such as various categories of speeding, disobeying red traffic lights, negligent driving and the like.

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