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Question Without Notice No. 315 asked in the Legislative Council on 4 April 2019 by Hon Aaron Stonehouse

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 4 April 2019

TAXIS — PLATES — BUYBACK SCHEME

315. Hon AARON STONEHOUSE to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I thank the minister for her answer to question without notice 293 asked yesterday. In an attempt to better understand the regulatory gatekeeper unit's role in decisions such as the taxi plate buyback legislation, I ask the following.

(1) If the modelling undertaken by the Department of Finance in early 2017 informed, but did not reflect, the final reforms adopted by the government, and if, as the minister said, subsequent modelling was considered by the government, was that subsequent modelling assessed by the regulatory gatekeeper unit within the Department of Finance?

(2) If yes to (1), will the minister table the RGU's advice on that subsequent modelling; and, if not, why not?

(3) If no to (1), why was the RGU not consulted on the subsequent modelling given the changes that had been incorporated into it?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1)–(2) The impact of the 10 per cent levy was considered by members of government as part of its consideration of the taxi plate buyback scheme.

(3) The Department of Transport has advised that the regulatory gatekeeping unit was aware that different surcharge values were being considered. Given the direct relation between the size and duration of the levy, the 10 per cent levy did not add any new areas of impact to the industry or consumers compared with the eight per cent assessed in the 2017 regulatory impact statement.