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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 13 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4936 ..

Cooperation Agreement. This is a three-year agreement to co-operate in any case involving a potentially footloose investment where there is no national economic benefit with a view to declining to offer any financial incentive.

Speed cameras

(Question No 1065)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

In relation to the recent problems in Victoria with irregular testing of speed cameras and the resulting issue of incorrect speeding fines (ABC News Online 'Errors see Vic speed cameras suspended', 13 November 2003):

(1) Are both the fixed and mobile or hand held speed cameras currently in operation in the ACT regularly tested for accuracy;

(2) If the answer to (1) is yes, how often is the testing conducted on each individual speed camera, what is the process involved and who undertakes this testing;

(3) If the answer to (1) is no, why not.

Mr Wood

: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes

(2) The ACT conducts a rigorous certification, testing and checking program for both mobile and fixed cameras. This includes:

Annual independent certification and calibration by CSIRO. Cameras are then retested when they are reinstalled.

The Traffic Camera Office undertakes quarterly inspections and tests. This includes checking electronics and calibration of cameras plus running police vehicles through the intersections that have electronic speed displays. These vehicles are also monitored by additional speed measuring devices that provide a three-way check.

(3) N/A

Herbicide use-protective gear

(Question No 1066)

Mr Cornwell asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice:

(1) Are the officers employed to apply these herbicides required to wear protective clothing, gloves and breathing masks when applying herbicides;

(2) Do these protective gear requirements differ depending on the type of herbicide used and if so, what are the requirements for each type of herbicide used;

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