NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance talks about the State Government's employment strategies at Lismore.
NSW Treasurer Andrew Constance talks about the State Government's employment strategies at Lismore.

NSW PARLIAMENT LIVE: Tech revolution awaits NSW transport

UPDATE: Trains and buses in regional NSW will soon be linked to real-time smartphone apps that tell customers if their ride is running late.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the government was allowing private sector app developers to access real-time data from the state's transport network.

"The data will be available across eight transport apps, providing regional customers with the most up to date information currently available, with train updates recorded every 30 seconds and coach services every few minutes," Mr Constance said.    

"For the first time regional customers will have access to the same information about their services as our metropolitan customers, and as Future Transport progresses, there will be more improvements on the horizon for regional customers.

"By using the real-time apps, customers will know when to leave home or work to get to the station or stop, and those meeting-up with different transport modes will be able to use real-time information to plan their entire trip door to door."

NSW TrainLink customers will be able to access real-time information for North Coast, North Western, Southern and Western regional train and coach services.

The new real-time data will also be available for South Coast line between Kiama and Bomaderry and the Blue Mountains, Hunter and Southern Highlands lines. 

The government's upcoming two-day Future Transport NSW summit in April will look at emerging technologies and how they can be applied here.

Mr Constance said the use of autonomous vehicles - driverless cars and buses - would be a major focus of the summit.

The government is already building a driverless train, he added.

"We live in a state where the uptake of technology is at incredible levels," he said.

"The uptake of smartphone technologies is at incredible levels, and the penetration of it is amongst the highest in the world.

"What we do know from the people of NSW is that they want more technology, and they want transport transformed into a technology business.

"If you consider everything from ride sharing to the Opal card, to the use of big data, the ongoing initiatives going on right across the smartphone technology space, NSW is incredibly well placed to start to lead the world in this regard."

The summit will bring together "the best minds from around the world" when it comes to the application of technology and transport.

"They are going to bring to our city and our state ideas to our state that are going to transform the networks and start to move people in ways that we've never seen before," Mr Constance said.


1.44pm: Election questions fall on deaf ears

NSW Premier Mike Baird is dodging questions about East Hills Liberal MP Glenn Brookes' alleged breaches of election laws by using more than $130,000 of his own money for his re-election campaign.

Mr Baird refused to talk about the issue, saying it was up to the Electoral Commission to decide whether there had been any wrongdoing.

The Premier was also asked why he gave the okay for Mr Brookes to award a $28,000 grant to convicted money launderer Carl Trad, who allegedly helped in his election campaign.

The money was granted under the government's Community Building Partnerships program.

"Yes, I've made comments in relation to this matter, that it can be strengthened," he said.

He then accused the Opposition of running a smear campaign.

12.08pm: Calls for judge to resign

MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance has called for a NSW District Court judge's resignation after his "slap on the wrist" sentencing of child rapist and former Bega Cheese CEO Maurice van Ryn.

Judge Clive Jeffreys sentenced van Ryn to 13 years' prison with a non-parole period of seven years for molesting nine children between 2003 and 2014.

The non-parole sentence was almost doubled to 13 years and six months on appeal, with an aggregate sentence of 18 years.

Justices Mark Leeming, Justice Peter Johnson and Justice Robert Allan Hulme describe the original sentence as "an affront to the administration of justice"

Mr Constance used parliament to call for Judge Jeffreys to consider whether he was fit to keep his job.

"Whilst I'm not going to canvass the exact nature of the crimes in my address to parliament today, I do rise on behalf of my community to convey the outrage at the inappropriate handling of this matter by the District Court," he said.

"This sentence was a mere slap on the wrist and can only suggest the judge made a significant error of judgment.

"In my humble opinion and that of my community, van Ryn should never be released to reoffend again.

"I'd suggest very clearly that Judge Jeffreys look within himself at what has occurred here as a result of his decision.

"He must surely consider his position as a result of this ruling, as I'm sure most people would reflect."

Mr Constance said he would be seeking a judicial commission review of the decision.

"And I do hope that Judge Jeffreys will also consider his position," he said.


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