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I have had discussions with the Credit Union Services Corporation (Australia) Ltd about the terms of this Bill. It may be that a further amendment to the Bill will be required. I am happy to inform members of those discussions as they occur. I commend this Bill to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Mr Connolly) adjourned.


Taxi Industry Inquiry

MR MOORE (10.52): I move:

That the Standing Committee on Public Accounts inquire into and report on the Canberra taxi industry with particular reference to:

(1) the efficiency of the industry within a sensibly regulated environment;

(2) the role of taxis in enhancing the public transport system, and possible forms of integration between other forms of public transport and the taxi industry;

(3) the setting of fares;

(4) the system by which new taxi plates are calculated and allocated and the impact on the revenue of the Territory;

(5) the adequacy of remuneration for taxi drivers; and

(6) any other matter that the Committee considers relevant.

Mr Speaker, on 17 December 1993, Mr Tom Connors, writing in the Canberra Times, reported as follows on a report from the Trade Practices Commission:

The Australian taxi industry is taking its passengers for a ride, according to the Trade Practices Commission.

The industry was being run for the benefit of taxi operators rather than taxi users, who were being charged too much and getting little choice about service.

The TPC chairman, Allan Fels, says the industry is plagued by excessive regulation and there is an overwhelming case for an injection of more competition.

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