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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 9 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 2812 ..

MS CARNELL (continuing):

suggest that the laws that exist in South Australia and the ACT have themselves caused an increase. Mr Speaker, this side of the house went to the election last year with a policy to suggest that we did need to do some legislative work to ensure the enforcement of the current legislation, and we certainly stand by that.

MR RUGENDYKE: I ask a supplementary question. Chief Minister, what examination or evaluation, as promised by the Liberal Party prior to the 1995 election, has been done in the ACT? The answer is none.

MS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I would have to take that question on notice. We do a lot of work in the area. The Minister responsible will assist.

MR MOORE: Perhaps I can assist , Mr Rugendyke.

Mr Osborne: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I think Mr Rugendyke was asking the Liberal Party. Hang on. That is right - you are Liberal Party. It is okay.

MR MOORE: The Chief Minister answered the question about Liberal Party policy. Mr Speaker, there is a danger that Mr Osborne may have misled the Assembly. The supplementary question was totally about what research has been done into the ACT. I think it is important to understand that of course we can extrapolate from the research of Dr Ali and others comparing the similar system in South Australia with ours and with Western Australia. That study was presented to the Ministerial Council on Drug Strategy.

Mr Rugendyke: It is totally flawed.

MR MOORE: I understand that Mr Rugendyke believes that study to be totally flawed, but I have to say that the professionals who did that study have done a huge amount of research and have all been published in peer review journals, Mr Rugendyke. When you are putting your criticisms in those sorts of fora - or forums, as you may prefer - that would be a reasonable comment. I think Mr Humphries was at that meeting, but certainly at one of the meetings we did request that the Commonwealth continue the study they had done in South Australia to take in the ACT. They have not agreed to that at this stage, but we will be pursuing that.

Ms Carnell: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Impounded Trailer

MR SMYTH: The other day Mr Berry asked a question about the trailer owned by Mr Murphy and Market Cellars. Given that the portfolio responsibility is mine and not the Chief Minister's, I sought additional information and would seek an opportunity to read it into the record. Mr Speaker, the trailer advertising Market Cellars has been regularly parked on the road or the verge beside Canberra Avenue in Fyshwick. The trailer had been registered so had been subject to the provisions of the Motor Traffic Act. It was occasionally issued with parking infringement notices.

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