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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 08 Hansard (Wednesday, 4 August 2021) . . Page.. 2293 ..


can be raised. I do not have instant recollection of every single thing. I do recall a discussion in relation to this matter. If I got it wrong, I apologise. Nevertheless, the point stands that there have been months and months of discussion, warnings, speed signs and debate on this issue. And the fact that the speed has changed in that area has been very well canvassed throughout the community for a period of a third of a year now.

MS LEE: Chief Minister or the minister: why do you not waive the low-range speeding fines incurred by thousands of Canberrans, given that there were no warnings given and given how clearly ineffective the safety and speed advisory measures appear to be?

MS CHEYNE: That is a pretty extraordinary question, I have to say. There are 17 signs around the three cameras—17. For Ms Lee to take that approach—this is about road safety. This is about an area that has high pedestrian activity. That is exactly why we reduced the speeds. This is an area that I think the member for Kurrajong should be interested in enlivening. When we have had months and months of communications about this, when we have offered a grace period, when we have communicated regularly during the grace period about the number of people who were speeding—this had an extraordinary amount of media take-up, something that the Liberals can only dream of, I suspect—and to then take that approach, it is not usual practice to issue warning letters for drivers with 20,000 people speeding through that time—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members!

MS CHEYNE: With 20,000 vehicles detected committing an offence, sending a warning letter to every single driver would have been a manual process which would have been a significant diversion of resources.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MS CHEYNE: Sending a warning letter, we would have immediately had you criticising it. You cannot have it both ways, Mr Hanson.

Business—ChooseCBR scheme

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the minister for business. FOI documents about ChooseCBR obtained by the Canberra Liberals reveal that “all reasonable load tests were carried out on the site when the vouchers were deployed”. However, an internal treasury directorate ministerial brief dated 3 May states that “the schedule allows a short window for user testing of the voucher redemption process”. The brief also reveals, “The short timeframe between decision and program launch means development and user acceptance testing timetables are compressed”. Minister, do you take responsibility for failing to properly test the system, which saw it crash after just one day?


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