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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 29 June 2010) . . Page.. 2718 ..

MR SPEAKER: Mr Seselja, a supplementary?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, how much per annum will this parking increase cost families in the outer suburbs who drive to work each day?

MS GALLAGHER: I am actually not sure this is my portfolio responsibility.

Mr Smyth: It is your revenue line in the budget paper.

MS GALLAGHER: Yes, and I have responsibility for the budget overall. But as to questions—

Mr Smyth: No, it is your revenue line. It is a Treasury initiative.


MS GALLAGHER: The government took a decision around parking, that we should continue to increase parking as we try to achieve the goals set under the sustainable transport plan and encourage modal shift to encourage people onto buses. We have had indeed representatives from industry around the cost of parking. Again, we have sought to minimise it. We have sought to minimise the impost on families. I think the maximum is $1.50. The minister has the list of increases. Again, we think that is a reasonable cost for parking, particularly in the centre of the city. If you look at jurisdictions outside of the ACT, you will see that our rates here are extremely competitive.

MR STANHOPE: Mr Speaker, I will conclude the answer to that particular question.

Mr Smyth: You’ve got to get the call.

MR STANHOPE: Indeed, I am the responsible minister. The Liberal Party love playing these little tricky games. It sort of reminds them of kindergarten and they just love it as they rush around: “Oh, we’ll ask a trick question. We’ll ask the wrong minister a question and we’ll try and trick her! We’ll try and trick her!”

MR SPEAKER: Order! Chief Minister, have you got something to add?

MR STANHOPE: I have, yes. Two-hour parking in the city will increase by 30c, four-hour parking in the city will increase by a dollar and all-day parking in zone A will increase by $1.50. Indeed, the government have signalled that these costs will increase into the future as well, as we do strive genuinely to obtain a sustainable public transport system and genuine modal shift. (Time expired.)

Department of Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water—budget

MR DOSZPOT: I have a new question, Mr Speaker—

Mr Stanhope: You’ve given up on bus tickets, have you?

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