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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 3 December 2020) . . Page.. 167 ..

We believe that these two timely differences that Mr Braddock has identified in his question are practical time lines that enable our developers to get organised for but also move us out of fossil gas as quickly as possible and prevent the installation of stranded assets.

MS CLAY: Minister, how will you approach the interim period before gas connections are banned? Won’t we just be making the problem worse with new gas connections until then?

MR RATTENBURY: The time lines that have been set out are designed to move as quickly as possible whilst allowing industry time to adjust. What I would say is that we do not want to roll out more gas connections. There has been some very interesting commentary about the need to remove devices and the like, and I find that an interesting discussion.

The government has been very clear that it is about when a device reaches the end of its natural life. We would encourage people to replace it with an all-electric device because they are more cost effective and better for the environment. But in the meantime I would encourage people to really look at the options. The new devices are so much cheaper to run and it makes sense to make that investment choice yourself. There are timetables to make sure that overall we make this transition and do it in an orderly way. But I would encourage individual householders or people who are designing buildings or giving advice to customers to really look at all the options that are there, both for the environment and for economic reasons.

Transport Canberra—ticketing system

MS CASTLEY: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. In 2017 your government allocated $7 million to upgrade Canberra’s public transport ticketing system. In February this year you said that the current MyWay ticketing system is outdated and that it is much easier to use public transport in other cities. You also said last February that you were committed to updating the ticketing system so that debit and credit cards could take the place of MyWay cards and that a sole-source contractor was set to be selected by the middle of this year. Minister, has a provider been appointed yet?

MR STEEL: No, a provider has not been appointed yet. The ACT government has been going through a procurement process for not only a new ticketing system but a whole back end with other functions as well. That process has not concluded at this time.

MS CASTLEY: Minister, when will a contractor be selected and when will Canberrans be able to use the ticketing system?

MR STEEL: I thank the member for her supplementary. When the procurement process is finalised.

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