Page 760 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 8 April 2014

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MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Will there be any other benefits from the hub in terms of efficiencies?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for her supplementary. The government looks forward to seeing how the CLCs can further combine and coordinate their services as a result of this co-location. There are opportunities for further reductions in duplication of back-of-house functions and so on. Over time I hope that those synergies realised as a result of this new accommodation will be even greater. Equally, I look forward to closer cooperation and collaboration between the boards of the CLCs.

The ACT Legal Assistance Forum is a well-established network of legal service providers which includes Legal Aid and the Aboriginal Legal Service working together to identify gaps in legal service provision and to address particular issues of disadvantage. The fact that these CLCs are now co-located means that there is every potential for the boards of those various community legal service providers to work more closely together, to collaborate with each other and to identify even more effective ways of delivering legal services to those in our community who face disadvantage.

Parking—mobile phone application

MR COE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, a report in the Canberra Times on 8 April tells the story of a motorist who used a mobile phone app to pay a parking fee. In doing so, he provided the registration and location of his vehicle. However, he received a parking fine because he did not display a printed ticket on the dashboard of his vehicle. Attorney, why, in this modern era of technology, in which all the details are provided electronically, would a motorist still have to print a parking voucher?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for his question. These are some issues associated with the implementation of this new technology from the government’s perspective. We are very keen to ensure that there is as seamless a process as possible for people taking advantage of these new mobile phone-based apps for the purchase of parking in government-owned car parks without the need for a ticket.

I have indicated to my directorate that this issue does need to be ironed out. Obviously we are in the early stages of the implementation of paid parking and some teething problems are to be expected, but the message from the government is clear. First of all, we will be doing everything possible to avoid the need for infringements where people pay by app and do not display a ticket. We need to get to a point very quickly where there is no need to display a ticket. My directorate is liaising both with the app supplier and more broadly to ensure that we are able to fully utilise the effectiveness of an app-based payment solution without the need to display a ticket.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

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