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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (7 August) . . Page.. 2480..


MR SMYTH (continuing):

My written advice to the Planning and Urban Services Committee on 20 November last year reflected that human error. However, the crucial point is that this error has no effect on the comparison of the two routes or their relative distance and cost. Mr Speaker, I would be pleased to have departmental officers provide further briefing to members of the planning and urban services committee or any other interested member of the Assembly.

It is not surprising that groups like Save the Ridge will continue to strongly present their own point of view. However government is elected to make decisions in the best interest of all Canberrans. It is unfortunate in this instance that they have drawn some inaccurate conclusions about costs. I would also be pleased to make available senior officers of the department to speak to the Save the Ridge group to clarify any misunderstandings that may exist.

Weighing up all the factors, including transport efficiency, impact on the environment and city structure, the eastern alignment remains on balance the preferred option for the community. The community at large expect government to take responsibility and make balanced decisions on their behalf. The city needs a road system to meet the needs of the people of Gungahlin and not another inquiry, as suggested by the Save the Ridge group.

Papers

Mr Speaker presented the following papers:

Legislative Assembly (Broadcasting of Proceedings) Act-

Pursuant to section 8-Authority to broadcast proceedings concerning:

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Education, Community Services and Recreation in relation to its inquiry into the Government response to recommendations 1 and 3 of Coroner Somes' inquest into a death at Quamby (on 12 and 19 July 2001), dated 9 July 2001.

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Health and Community Care in relation to its inquiry into elder abuse in the ACT (on 11 and 18 July 2001), dated 9 and 17 July 2001.

The public hearings of the Standing Committee on Planning and Urban Services in relation to its inquiries into:

The Lower Molonglo River Corridor and the inquiry into extending the choice of electricity retailer to smaller customers (on 3 August 2001), dated 2 August 2001.

Central land administration information system for the ACT and the National competition policy review of ACT taxi and hire car legislation (on 20 July 2001), dated 9 July 2001.

Central land administration information system for the ACT; the Fairbairn Avenue Duplication and the Hall Village Master Plan (on 18 July 2001), dated 9 July 2001.


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