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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 07 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2021) . . Page.. 1870 ..


penalty of 50 penalty units. It is also open to a traffic infringement notice of $1,600 plus three demerit points. That will allow for easy enforcement and simple road safety education.

Community consultation is an essential part of any lawmaking. I have already conducted some consultation and I look forward to further consultation on this issue. We actually ran some media this week and we had comments from quite a lot of people who regularly use our roads as vulnerable road users, including quite a few victims of collisions who came forward, and they were all quite positive about this change. It changes things when you actually listen to the impact a crash has had on somebody. It makes you realise that it is really important that we take effective action on this.

This amendment bill will not come back for debate until August, at the earliest, and I welcome the conversation until then. I know that one new offence will not change our road culture overnight. That is why this offence does not stand alone. It is one small part of a broader suite of changes that I would like to see introduced over the next few years.

As well as working on this amendment bill, I am working with the community and stakeholders on other measures to improve active travel. This will include education, driver training, and construction of more separated paths and cycleways. I welcome the minister for transport’s comprehensive review of road laws and rules, and I think there are many more improvements we can make to protect those who are most vulnerable.

I invite anyone and everyone to get in touch with my office and chat about active travel and this amendment bill. The problem affects us all and the solutions will benefit us all, so let us build that culture of care together. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Steel) adjourned to the next sitting.

Business—ChooseCBR scheme

MS CASTLEY (Yerrabi) (3.18): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the Government’s ChooseCBR scheme has been plagued with problems with serious questions about its integrity and how it has been monitored;

(2) further notes:

(a) following a failed trial last December, the Government revamped ChooseCBR saying it was designed to support small businesses hit hard by the pandemic;

(b) only 336 small businesses participated in the failed trial and less than one quarter of eligible businesses signed up for the revamped scheme;

(c) despite the Business Minister telling the Assembly on June 3 the Government had made ChooseCBR “as simple as possible”, after only


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