Page 493 - Week 02 - Wednesday, 19 February 2020

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Mr Coe: Right. So your first answer was—

MR RATTENBURY: About P-platers, Mr Coe. You probably were not listening because you were too busy interjecting.

Opposition members interjecting—


Mrs Dunne interjecting—

Mr Coe interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mrs Dunne, you are warned. Mr Coe, you are warned.

Government—fees and charges

MR HANSON: My question is to the minister for regulatory services. Minister, according to a report by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, Canberrans have the highest weekly spend on vehicle registration. Minister, why are Canberrans paying the most on vehicle registration in Australia?

MR RAMSAY: Noting that the minister for regulatory services does not have portfolio responsibility for the setting of the fees, I will take that on notice and consult with my colleagues.

Mr Coe: A point of order.


Mr Coe: Perhaps the minister could advise, for everybody’s benefit, who is the responsible minister, and the responsible agency.

MADAM SPEAKER: The question was put to the minister for regulatory services. Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: I do. I am not sure whom it is to. It is a bit of a lottery. We will see how we go. Minister, will you rule out any further increases to the cost of vehicle registration?

MR BARR: Decisions in relation to fees and charges are obviously informed by line areas but are ultimately taken by budget cabinet. That is the answer to the substantive question. In relation to the costs of registering a vehicle in the ACT, I can advise members that that cost has come down significantly as a result of the change in CTP insurance schemes and that motorists in the ACT are paying hundreds of dollars less than they were several years ago and hundreds of dollars less than the preferred scheme of the Canberra Liberals.

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