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Tuesday, 23 August 1994
Page: 31


Senator REID —Pursuant to standing order 78, I give notice that, immediately after the matter of public importance debate today, I shall withdraw business of the Senate notices of motion Nos 2 and 3 standing in my name. I seek leave to incorporate in Hansard a brief statement in relation to that.

  Leave granted.

  The document read as follows

DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

STATEMENT BY THE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND MINISTER FOR HOUSING AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT

NATIONAL LAND (PARKING) ORDINANCE 1994 and NATIONAL LAND (PARKING) (CONSEQUENTIAL AMENDMENTS) ORDINANCE 1994: LEGISLATION TO ENFORCE PARKING REGULATIONS ON ALL NATIONAL LAND IN THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY

PURPOSE:

This legislation seeks to rectify an anomaly resulting from ACT self government legislation and provide the Commonwealth with the powers to enforce parking regulations on National Land in the Australian Capital Territory.

BACKGROUND:

Australian Estate Management (AEM) manages, on behalf of the Commonwealth, 28 National Land car parks which are open to the public, all of which are outside the Parliamentary Triangle.

The National Capital Planning Authority (NCPA) manages all car parking areas located on National Land set aside for the purposes of the National Capital, including those within the Parliamentary Triangle but excluding those within the Parliamentary Precinct.

STATEMENT:

The implementation of this ordinance is particularly important for those car parking areas which are located outside the Parliamentary Zone.

The Government undertakes not to proceed with the present proposal to introduce pay parking in the Parliamentary Zone, under the powers of this Ordinance.

The Government will consider alternative proposals for pay parking in the Parliamentary Zone in response to a number of Parliamentary Committee Reports over a number of years and in relation to strategies being adopted for surrounding areas.

In doing so, the points raised by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories will be taken into consideration and the Government undertakes to discuss and seek support for any new proposal.

BRIAN HOWE