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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 8 Hansard (27 June) . . Page.. 2306..


Bicycle Strategy

MR DE DOMENICO: Yesterday, Ms Horodny asked me a question regarding the draft ACT bicycle strategy and the ACT cycling liaison group. For the information of Ms Horodny and the Assembly, the ACT cycling liaison group was established to bring a range of perspectives to bear on the development, implementation and evaluation of cycling initiatives in the ACT. I am advised that the ACT cycling liaison group is currently reworking the bicycle strategy, taking into account the needs of all stakeholders and the initiatives being pursued in other jurisdictions as well. I expect to be able to present members of the Assembly with copies of the strategy before the end of the year. I wish to assure Ms Horodny, however, that cycling is a high-priority issue for the ACT Government - as it was for the previous Government, I must admit - and it is recognised as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective means of transport and has an important place in the overall transport strategy.

PERSONAL EXPLANATIONS

MR WHITECROSS (Leader of the Opposition): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, proceed.

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, during question time, Mrs Carnell suggested that I had misled the house in my question to her about the loss of payroll tax to the community from sacking 306 shop assistants because I had assumed that they were all full-time employees. Mr Speaker, the $414.40 which I referred to in my question is the average income of those who will lose their jobs as a result of the forced early closure of supermarkets. They include checkout staff, shelf packers, security guards, night managers, butchers, bakers, et cetera, who are mainly part-time employees. Mr Speaker, for the further information of members in relation to this matter, I seek leave to table a report from Price Waterhouse which includes the reference to 300 mainly part-time employees and the payroll tax receipts forgone to the ACT. It is on page 17.

Leave granted.

Mrs Carnell: Just to add to that, I think it is very important that Mr Whitecross also puts on the - - -

Mr Berry: A little bit of leave is required.

Mrs Carnell: I will seek leave to - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! Leave is required, under standing order 46, for a personal explanation.


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