Page 601 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 9 March 2011

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Mrs Dunne asked me the same question in a committee hearing. I can further request advice about how we can make it available because I think it is an important part of the debate that we need to have about compulsory third party. The issue is that we have a monopoly provider here in the ACT and there are some issues around the commercial confidentiality of the data. But I accept that that is information that members need in order to make an informed decision about this bill. I will seek further advice on what we can release.

It was included in the regulatory impact statement that was delivered for government consideration prior to this bill being tabled. I am happy to see if there is anything further and even if there is an arrangement we can come to where that information is provided to members to see alone as opposed to publicly releasing it.

MRS DUNNE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mrs Dunne.

MRS DUNNE: Minister, what circumstances would need to arise before this and other related information became available to members of this place and to the public, who all have views on this policy?

MS GALLAGHER: What situation would have to arise? Someone has to ask me the question. You have asked me the question, Mrs Dunne. I will undertake to see if there is any further information I can provide.

Mrs Dunne: But you have been undertaking to do that for months.

MS GALLAGHER: The original response was “No, I cannot release the regulatory impact statement.” I agree that, because of the campaign that is being waged and the level of community interest that is being generated, we need to provide more information, particularly to members of this place, if we cannot provide it to the general community because of those commercial-in-confidence reasons. I accept that as part of this ongoing discussion and the debate that we ultimately need to have. But it is important reform. It is difficult reform. I accept that. We need to take our time to get it right. And I need to be able to provide more information to members of the Assembly. I accept that.


MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and concerns vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists, cyclists and pedestrians. Minister, following the recent motorcycle review, you have proposed the compulsory pre-provisional course for learner motorcycle riders in order to improve their safety. What consideration have you given to compulsory courses for car, truck and bus drivers about what they need to do to improve the safety of vulnerable road users?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. The question does raise some interesting considerations. Part of Ms Le Couteur’s question, of course, is the decision that the government has taken in relation to special requirements that will be imposed on people seeking to obtain a motorcycle licence. The government has

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