Page 4559 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 31 October 2018

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Mr Wall interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Wall! You know you have been warned.

Transport—MyWay agents

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the Minister for Transport. We have heard from local businesses that have applied to the government to become a MyWay recharge agent and have felt that they have been given the run-around. They have been told that it is too difficult or expensive to obtain the necessary equipment. Minister, why is the government telling businesses that it is too hard or too expensive to become a MyWay recharge agent?

MS FITZHARRIS: I am not aware that they are. I am not aware of the precise nature of those conversations. I will seek some further advice.

MR MILLIGAN: Minister, does the ACT government in any way limit the number of MyWay recharge agents and, if so, why?

MS FITZHARRIS: Certainly Transport Canberra has a very considered approach to the allocation of MyWay agents, and there are some issues around that. But certainly it is also the case that we are in the process of procuring a new ticketing system. What is exciting about that is that from funding in a recent budget we have now seen top-up machines being placed on platforms across the city. I expect they will be operational in just a few weeks.

I am pleased that they have now appeared on a number of the platforms at interchanges around the city. That will mean passengers will have a much easier way to top up their MyWay cards, which I know has been very frustrating for MyWay users for many years. We look forward to those starting and also to further updates on the integration of light rail and bus ticketing as well as the process of procuring a new ticketing system for the ACT.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, why is the ACT government imposing an arbitrary restriction on local businesses who would like to provide ACT government services?

MS FITZHARRIS: I do not believe that we are.

Gambling—harm minimisation measures

MS CHEYNE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, can you tell the Assembly about the outcomes of the most recent gambling harm minimisation round table?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cheyne for the question. I chaired the latest gambling harm minimisation round table on 29 September this year. I was very pleased with the level of engagement and the cooperation from all of the participants—industry, community advocates, unions and people with lived experience of gambling harm—who came together and worked together on concrete proposals for change.

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