Page 3928 - Week 10 - Thursday, 28 August 2008

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been no objection raised by neighbours. In fact, I have supplied you with a petition by 24 neighbours indicating that 23 of them had absolutely no problem with Mr Mitchell’s practice. One just had a suggestion in relation to how he could improve it. However, it seems that parking operations have singled out Mr Mitchell, no doubt initially from him being dobbed in by this person. He has now received at least four parking tickets since late July this year. They are all from the same inspector.

Mr Hargreaves, how many other truck owners have received this many parking tickets since late July 2008 in the west Belconnen area?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Mr Stefaniak for the question, the longest question in question time thus far. As he said, he opened his parliamentary career in 1989 with a constituent question. He has repeated it. He asked the wrong minister again. The short answer is that I am not responsible for parking enforcement, so I do not know.

Mr Stefaniak: Perhaps, Mr Corbell, you being now the minister who regulates, you could answer that question and take it on notice.

Mr Seselja: Mr Corbell will answer it, won’t he?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Stefaniak, supplementary question.

MR STEFANIAK: I would press Mr Hargreaves, who is well aware of this issue, to at least take it on notice and get back to me even if he is no longer technically the last minister. My question then, supplementary, and this will be to you, Mr Corbell, is this.

Mr Corbell: This had better be to the right one.

MR STEFANIAK: I hope you are the right one on this one. If you are, please find out. Could you tell me whether it is usual for the same inspector to be assigned to the same areas on a regular basis and for the one inspector to issue all the parking infringement notices in that area.

MR CORBELL: I have been the responsible minister since the middle of 2006, but I must admit that parking operations is not one of those areas which are particularly high profile or positive in the community. I don’t know why. I am not familiar with the level of inspections that take place in this particular part of Belconnen, but I am very happy to take the question on notice and provide an answer to Mr Stefaniak.

In relation to whether parking inspectors are consistently monitoring a particular area, we have approximately 25 to 30 parking inspectors across the territory. They are allocated on a case-by-case basis to particular areas. It may be the case that there is a particular parking inspector tasked with patrolling and managing any complaints in this area. Again, I will take the question on notice and provide an answer to Mr Stefaniak before he finishes in this place on this last sitting day.


MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, can you please inform the Assembly of the latest ACT government directives and purchase agreement with ACT Policing?

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