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The panel found that the requirement to display vehicle registration labels was an unnecessary burden on vehicle owners, and particularly businesses with a large fleet of cars. It also found that police RAPID technology provided a better, faster way of verifying a vehicle’s registration status.
The government accepted this recommendation and this measure forms part of our efforts to implement this change so that ACT residents and businesses start to feel the benefit as soon as possible. The establishment of the Red Tape Reduction Panel has been welcomed. The panel includes representatives from key bodies such as the ACT and Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Canberra Business Council and the Council of Small Business in Australia. These representatives are pleased to support the government’s efforts in making Canberra a better place to do business.
The amendments in the bill represent the commitment of this government to consider the small but significant changes that can make a big difference to the efficiency and effectiveness of our operational areas for the benefit of the ACT community. I thank other members for their support of this bill.
Question resolved in the affirmative.
Bill agreed to in principle.
Bill, by leave, taken as a whole.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (10.51): Pursuant to standing order 182A(b), I seek leave to move amendment No 1 as it is minor and technical in nature.
MS GALLAGHER: I move amendment No 1 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2233]. I table a supplementary explanatory statement to the government amendments.
This first amendment provides for the commencement of the act on a day fixed by the minister in writing and that this date will be 1 July 2013, which will ensure that the amendments commence concurrently with the other changes made to the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Regulation 2000.
Amendment agreed to.
MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Regional Development, Minister for Health and Minister for Higher Education) (10.52): I move amendment No 2 circulated in my name [see schedule 1 at page 2233].