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You can say that you think there are gradations in relation to this issue. It is okay for this particular shopkeeper to display these sorts of goods on unleased territory land in front of his shop. Will you actually extend that licence to your next door neighbour when your next door neighbour’s car registration runs out and he cannot be bothered disposing of the car and parks it on the verge? Of course you would not. You would not accept that.

This is the issue in relation to the administration of the law. This is the complexity of these sorts of regulations, these sorts of laws: the responsibility which we invest in relevant authorities—in this instance, city rangers—to enforce on our behalf, that is, on behalf of the community, the laws that are made on behalf of the community by we, the law makers. That is the complexity of the issue.

It is relevant to go to the Fyshwick example because it was actually in relation to the Fyshwick example that in a coronial inquest into a death on a road in Fyshwick the coroner said one of the issues that needed to be addressed in relation to road safety in Fyshwick was the issue of used cars being parked on road verges contrary to the relevant legislation. The government responded to that.

It was through some of these incidents that Parks, Conservation and Lands, the administering authority, took a decision to undertake an audit across Canberra which led to this result.

Department of Territory and Municipal Services—strategic budget review

MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, during the estimates hearings this year, I asked you whether the Ernst & Young report was helping TAMS to find $10 million worth of savings. You replied:

No ... the report was not commissioned on the basis of making suggestions or finding savings and it does not provide that.

You subsequently commented in response to similar questions:

I do not believe—

finding savings—

was their remit …


I do not believe—

savings were suggested. You eventually said that you would take the question on notice, but no answer has been provided to this question. Minister, how do you explain the terms of reference for the review by Ernst & Young requesting identification of possible cost savings?

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