Page 3999 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 17 November 2015

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I have outlined here reforms that are ready for debate. The government will continue to consider further key reforms in coming months. We will consider formal training requirements for drivers participating in ride sharing and other new business models, and also any further requirements for taxi and hire car drivers. Elements of training that we will give special focus to include effective service to passengers living with disabilities, and service to risk-based passengers such as those who are intoxicated. The government, through the ACT CTP scheme, will also consider the development of a new compulsory third-party insurance premium class for ride sharing drivers.

Successful implementation of our reforms is, of course, absolutely critical. Without this the reforms would be pointless. The commencement of the first stage of reforms, which began on 30 October, enables us to begin the immediate implementation of fundamental changes to the on-demand industry. That the introduction of ride sharing has already begun affords us the benefit of seeing how the industry is beginning to evolve. This will help inform the implementation process further.

During this vital phase we will continue to focus on engaging industry and the community. We are convening an implementation working group composed of key government agencies, industry and community representatives to assist in considering implementation issues, additional reforms and other matters that may arise in the coming months. Such engagement can only contribute positively to the quality of outcomes.

Ride sharing has been well received by the community, and successful passage of this bill will enable us to focus on implementation. I thank members for their support and commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Revenue (Charitable Organisations) Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

Debate resumed from 29 October 2015, on motion by Mr Barr:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.59): The opposition is concerned by the haste with which the government is putting this bill through and potentially the lack of consultation. Even as late as this morning, groups that we have been in contact with or who have contacted us said either (1) that they were not aware of the bill and are concerned about its implications or (2) that they were not consulted at all and are even more concerned about the process.

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