Page 2330 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 5 August 2015

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MRS JONES: Minister, how do you reconcile the need for greater gender equity within the ESA with the decision not to allow a female acting chief officer to apply for the Chief Officer position in the SES?

MS BURCH: I do remain committed to progressing the women in emergency services strategy. We are working towards a strategy that will see promotion of recruitment into Emergency Services across Fire & Rescue, SES, rural fire and ambulance. At the moment we sit on six per cent or thereabouts female participation within the workforce, and that is something we need to address, as well as diversity more generally. The appointment of the now head of SES is a good appointment. It is an appointment of a fellow with 30 years experience in emergency management. It was within the delegation and consideration of the commissioner. He made that call, and I support that call.


MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Chief Minister and concerns the current taxi industry innovation review. Chief Minister, when you first announced the review on 27 January 2015, you tweeted, and I will leave out the hashtags, that “The @actgovernment has commissioned an Innovation Review of the ACT taxi industry. BetterTransport RegulatoryReform NewOperators uber.” Chief Minister, why did you flag Uber as a new operator before the review or consultation had begun.

MR BARR: I am not sure if Mr Doszpot has missed the emerging trend in the world, but Uber, amongst other operators, but most particularly in this country Uber, are looking to enter into the market.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, will the ACT government regulate taxis and ride sharing operators under one regulation or under two different sets of regulations?

MR BARR: Those are just the sorts of issues that are being considered in the review.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, what compensation options have been canvassed for existing taxi licence holders if the ACT government does allow new operators into the territory?

MR BARR: Again, those issues are currently subject to the review.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, when will the review be handed down and when will you act on those recommendations?

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