Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4087 ..
I understand that the minister has confidence that the cracking issues will not appear here in the ACT, but I would note that, when reading his statement, it seems to indicate that he is still having a bit of a foot in both camps here. I can understand that because, like me, I am sure that he has spoken to those in the field who are adamant that the appearance of cracking issues here in the ACT is only a matter of time. I know that there are those who have advised him otherwise. Additionally, this outcome would likely materialise faster once we mount heavy batteries on our light rail vehicles to enable them to travel through the parliamentary triangle.
I am not surprised that officials from CAF have come up with a number of reasons why our vehicles will not be affected by cracking, because they are trying to sell more of them.
I am pleased to see in this report the enhanced inspection regime. I would ask the question as to whether the entire floor of any of the LRVs was removed to inspect for cracking. Based on non-answers to questions, I am sure that is not the case. I certainly hope that we never see cracking in our LRVs; but, if and when it happens, I would suggest that the minister’s response will be most interesting.
The other thing that I want to make clear, in order to remove some material from the minister, is that, based on what we know today, I put on the record that I am in support of the light rail extension to Woden.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Manager of Government Business, Minister for Corrections, Minister for Industrial Relations and Workplace Safety, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (3.26): Pursuant to standing order 211, I move:
That the Assembly take note of the following paper:
ChooseCBR Evaluation and Review Report.
MS CHEYNE (Ginninderra—Assistant Minister for Economic Development, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Business and Better Regulation, Minister for Human Rights and Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (3.26): I am pleased to give a statement today on the report of the ChooseCBR evaluation and review conducted by David Butler Consulting.
As members are aware, the ChooseCBR program made $2 million available to Canberrans through a digital discounts scheme. It aimed to stimulate local spending by attracting new customers to local small businesses and encouraging new and existing customers to spend more as they redeemed the vouchers. The program was preceded by a trial in December 2020, during which $500,000 in vouchers was made available.