Page 492 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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If those opposite could actually come up with a health policy, rather than a health complaints system, or a health complaints strategy on their part, if they could actually say something positive about health in our community, that might help them to take a step forward in thinking about health in our community.

Government—fees and charges

MISS C BURCH: My question is to the Minister for Business and Regulatory Services. Minister, the fee for a learner driver licence in the ACT is twice that of New South Wales. Why does it cost Canberrans twice as much to get a learner driver licence here as it does across the border?

MR RATTENBURY: I have responsibility for these areas of policy, so I will take the question, Madam Speaker. As members know, we have just introduced a new system for learner licences and the whole graduated licensing scheme. One of the interesting and, I think, really important parts of that scheme is a discount that has been provided so that when people move from the P1 to the P2 phase, if they have not had any driving offences, they get a significant discount. We are endeavouring to use behavioural incentives—

Opposition members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, Mr Hanson and Mrs Dunne, please give it a rest while the ministers are on their feet.

MR RATTENBURY: I was simply referring to the fact that we are putting in place, certainly when it comes to P-plates, price incentives to try to encourage safer driving behaviour.

Mr Hanson: I thought it was about the cost for learner drivers.

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, you will be warned next time I have to come back to you.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, will you rule out further increases to the cost of learner drivers licences?

MR RATTENBURY: That is a matter for budget cabinet. It is fair to say that each year there is a range of government charges that increase by WPI. I cannot think whether this specifically is one of them. I will take advice on that and provide an answer to Miss Burch on notice.

MS LAWDER: Minister, how does an L-plater’s driving history affect the cost of their licence?

MR RATTENBURY: Obviously it does not, Madam Speaker.

Opposition members interjecting—

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