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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1756 ..

MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

I urge the Government very seriously to support this motion for once and to say, "Okay, let us toss out this proposal". The people do not like it; it is not doing anything. When you have a good look at what Ms Tucker's motion says, you find that revenue will not be increased. Her proposal will not do any damage at all to the budget because the revenue target will be the same. I am absolutely certain that if the average fare goes from $2 to $2.70, which was the figure given to me at some stage, the system will be equitable.

I think members will be surprised how reasonably well this proposal will be embraced across the ACT. I understand the commitment of our crossbenchers not to vote against a budget Bill. Please remember that we are not affecting a budget Bill here. The revenue figure is exactly the same. All we are saying is that the people do not accept the Government's proposal because there is so much unfairness in it. Please have a good look at that, listen to what your constituents are saying and support the motion.

Debate (on motion by Mr Osborne) adjourned.


MR HARGREAVES (12.07): I move:

(1) that the Assembly calls on the Government to amend existing petrol sites policy, to require the owners of petrol station site leases upon vacation of such leases, to restore the site to as close to original condition as possible, with regard to the removal of contaminants in the soil, caused by leakage from fuel storage tanks and the removal of buildings and fittings no longer required;

(2) the measures should require the site lessees to restore the site at the lessee's expense to the satisfaction of the Commissioner for the Environment;

(3) that the measures require all future leases to include provision for restoration as a term of the lease;

(4) that the measures require all existing lease holders to prepare environment restoration plans and submit them to the Commissioner for the Environment for approval;

(5) that the measures include financial penalty in the case of default. The penalty should include the restoration at public expense and the recovery of such expense from the site lessees and the imposition of significant fines for non restoration;

(6) that these measures apply to all existing and new petrol station leases.

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