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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 8 Hansard (29 October) . . Page.. 2487 ..

MR QUINLAN (continuing):

In particular, though, the committee is aware from information outside of the audit report that the transport regulation information processing system, TRIPS, originally involved eight volunteer motor dealers participating in a pilot scheme whereby they spent some thousands of dollars on equipment and extra resources on training of staff on the promise that this system would eventuate in them and other motor dealers being effectively on line to the Motor Registry and the registration, re-registration and deregistration of motor vehicles being expedited.

Little has been done in that regard, and the dealers concerned have been left with a substantial financial outlay for the pilot scheme. The committee recommends that the Government either make some guarantees to these particular dealers that their investment will bear fruit in the long run or consider reimbursement of those dealers for their outlays. I commend the report to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Inquiry - Tree Management

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a statement relating to a new inquiry to be undertaken by my committee, the Standing Committee on Urban Services.

Leave granted.

MR HIRD: On behalf of the Standing Committee on Urban Services, I advise members that on 25 September this year the committee resolved to inquire into and report on an appropriate tree management and protection policy for the ACT, and any related matter. I do not need to tell members that the issue of tree management has been around for a long time in the ACT. The committee considers the time has come to review the existing policies and to consider what is the best and most appropriate policy for our city at this time. The committee has called for public comment and will hold at least one public hearing. As is our usual custom, I invite any interested members to attend the hearing and to ask questions and put forward their views. I thank members.


Debate resumed from 21 May 1998, on motion by Mr Moore:

That this Bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (4.26): Ms Carnell adjourned the debate, so I will speak on her behalf. The Government sees this proposal to prohibit placing advertising leaflets on parked vehicles as a step in the right direction for the ACT community. This practice, I think, has been seen by many as a nuisance, particularly by vehicle owners, and a large proportion of these leaflets are discarded on the spot and simply add to the problems that we face with regard to litter in public places.

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