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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 05 Hansard (Thursday, 7 May 2015) . . Page.. 1536 ..


creating a road hazard that wasn’t there previously to having three people employed at the tip to direct you to recycling points (which are already signposted) …

3. Punitive regulation—the government approaches every subject with the premise that it needs regulation and emphasises the fines and penalties that apply, so many now that it is hard to know what you can and can’t do.

We survived for years without fines for parking on nature strips—now don’t go to public events because you can’t park anymore.

If they didn’t charge so much to go to the tip, people wouldn’t dump rubbish and there would be no need to hire a helicopter for half a million dollars to spot dumped rubbish.

The tree issue is even more ridiculous—we have a huge gum over hanging our house which we are not allowed to cut down despite the obvious threat it poses—the government is not interested in our safety at all.

Regulation has reached the point where it is clearly only there to provide ‘gotcha’ traps for residents to fall victim to in order to raise revenue to waste on the tram project and other unnecessary make work programs.

4. Out of control bureaucracy—this needs to be fixed. It has been the same since we came here and the attitude is increasingly arrogant and punitive. We will never build or renovate again after having done so in 2007 and struggling with the bureaucracy until 2014 to get final approvals—insane and how builders put up with it I don’t know.

I have a mildly modified vehicle and am treated like some sort of criminal when I go to the MV Registry.

The ACT Government bureaucracy needs to change dramatically in order to bring a culture of service to its ratepayers …

5. We don’t want speed bumps and coloured paving at Cook Shops—this is just plain stupid. We have lived in Cook since 1981 and shopped locally without any issue at all.

The ACT Government wasted $80k on putting a toilet there which no one, including the shop owners, wanted and it is just an attraction for druggies and vandals. Give us back, roughly $100 per household in the suburb.

The message is, no more regulation, reduce existing regulation, make the ACT Government bureaucracy serve and assist the people (rather than dictate and gouge), and above all NO TRAM.

I hear these kinds of comments more and more as I travel the electorate of Ginninderra and talk to our constituents. I can do no more than conclude simply by repeating the last sentence of my constituent’s email, where he said:

The message is, no more regulation, reduce existing regulation, make the ACT Government bureaucracy serve and assist the people (rather than dictate and gouge), and above all NO TRAM.


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