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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 180 ..

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Ms Follett for her question. I do not listen to the ABC, so I did not hear what was said by Mr Monagle. I have no reason to doubt that Ms Follett's rendition of what was said on that august radio station is true. I do not agree with Mr Monagle. I do not know whether he was reflecting Confact's view. As Ms Follett said, I think the Catholic nuns in this community do more than just what nuns were used to doing. They run hospitals; they run schools; they do a lot of community work. I do not agree with Mr Monagle; I do not agree with Confact.

MS FOLLETT: I ask a supplementary question, Mr Speaker. Given the apparent ignorance by Confact of some very significant businesses in our Territory, will the Minister reconsider his decision to sell to Confact the Canberra Region Campaign logo? I remind you that that logo is the property of the ACT Government and is only on licence to the campaign.

MR SPEAKER: That is a very tenuous supplementary link, but I will allow the question.

MR DE DOMENICO: I will answer it anyway, Mr Speaker. I think that even Mr Monagle and Confact are allowed at least one mistake during their lifetime. I do not think it is a hanging offence. The Government will not reconsider its offer to lease the logo to Confact.

Truck Parking - Residential Areas

MS HORODNY: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services, Mr De Domenico. At the beginning of the life of this Assembly the Minister undertook to address the problems arising from truck parking in residential areas. Over the past year we have heard many times that a decision was imminent. In the meantime many residents continue to suffer. I have been informed that, following consideration of an application by a resident of my electorate of Ginninderra to have the unimproved value of his land reduced, the ACT Revenue Office recently agreed to reduce the value by more than 17 per cent. The reason for the reduction was that a neighbour of this resident has a large truck parked next-door. Given that the community has patiently waited for the Minister to make a decision, when will he finally make a decision?

MR DE DOMENICO: I thank Ms Horodny for the question. Ms Horodny would be aware that consultation with industry and community representatives has taken place by way of a working party. She would also be aware that a set of rules have been developed to be used as the basis to manage this issue. She should also be aware - I will tell her now - that a policy paper is being developed for submission to Cabinet. It will identify what legislation is required. Ms Horodny, whatever the Government does, it will require amending legislation, so we are now getting that under control to see what legislation is required to be amended. Once that has happened, the Government will act. I am sure that it will be in the very near future. I cannot say that it will be next week or the week after, but before the end of this financial year you will have a decision made by this Government.

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