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(4) Each of the licence holders have had their taxi driver licence cancelled. The cancellation notices were issued progressively as each of the drivers were identified. The cancellation notice advised the date of cancellation that was not more than 14 days from the date of the notification. The last cancellation date being 17 March 2005.

(5) Each of the drivers will be able to re-apply for a taxi driver licence once they have held an Australian driver licence for at least 1 year. No prosecution action will be taken against any of the drivers.

(6) In the past applicants had their medical reports and police character checks assessed by the Registration and Licence Section of the RTA. Customer service officers at shopfront counters assessed other criteria.

(7) Under the new arrangements the Registration and Licence Section will assess all public vehicle licence applications. Once the applicant has met all criteria for the issue of a public vehicle licence they will be sent a letter advising their application has been approved and they are able to attend a shopfront to have the licence issued.

Horse Farms—agistment agreement
(Question No 315)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Urban Services, upon notice, on 16 March 2005:

(1) In relation to ACT Horse Farms, were horse owners notified by ACT Horse Farms, during several periods of very hot days in February this year, that there was a problem with a shortage of water for horses held in a number of paddocks at the Parkwood complex; if not, why not;

(2) Was there a sign placed on the communal notice-board by ACT Horse Farms to advise owners of the problem; if not, why not;

(3) Was a sign placed on the notice-board during this time warning owners that horses left in Paddock 8, a paddock with water, since the recent paddock rotation would be fined if they were not moved to a new paddock, one without water; if so, why;

(4) Were horses in several paddocks left for periods of days without water during the hot summer; if so, why;

(5) Did Horse Farms breach its agistment agreement in relation to the above; if so, how;

(6) Has there been a loss of confidence of horse owners to leave their horses at these paddocks in the future without any assurance that horses will not suffer any future distress through lack of essential services.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The period was from late Tuesday to late morning Wednesday. While horses do require continuous access to water this single episode of having no water for approximately 14 hours is not in any way injurious or health threatening to the horses. Particularly as the majority of the period with no water was during night when horses normally consume the least amount of water due to lower temperatures and sleep periods. During February the water supply to Parkwood was disrupted for less than 1 day. During this period Horse

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