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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 131..


MS TUCKER (continuing):

will mainly be provided through media coverage. I hope that the committee will be interested in it, but it isn't usually the role of a committee to take on that role.

Speakers in this debate have focused on consultation. I would argue that the Pettit report, which Mr Hargreaves mentioned, was consultation. We also had a select committee, which I would argue was consultation. Mr Hargreaves said that the most appropriate thing to have is a committee because he thinks this will provide consultation.

I have said that, yes, there is the issue of consultation but there is also the issue of letting the community know what the case is for increasing the numbers, and that is an education thing and about presenting the case through a discussion paper or, as Mr Humphries suggested at one point, having a deliberative poll. So that really has not been addressed in this debate.

But having said that, obviously the numbers are with the notion of referring this matter to a committee. I will be on that committee and I hope that it is a useful process and that it does progress this matter. I am pleased to see that there is general support in the Assembly for getting movement on this anyway.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Gungahlin Drive extension

MS TUCKER (12.12): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) recognises the need for Gungahlin residents to have a range of options for travel between Gungahlin and the rest of Canberra rather than primarily relying on the Gungahlin Drive extension; and

(2) calls on the Government to not proceed with constructing the Gungahlin Drive extension or duplicating Caswell Drive until the following actions have been completed to the satisfaction of the Assembly:

(a) abandon the zonal bus fare system that forces Gungahlin residents to pay double to travel to Civic;

(b) build bus-only lanes between Civic and Gungahlin to make bus travel faster and more attractive for Gungahlin residents;

(c) upgrade Majura Road and link it across to Gungahlin to provide an eastern bypass of North Canberra;

(d) upgrade Gundaroo and William Slim Drives to provide a better link from Gungahlin to Belconnen;

(e) encourage more employment in the Gungahlin town centre to reduce the numbers of people commuting elsewhere to work;

(f) investigation of a light rail system to link all the town centres, for which the transport corridors are already marked on the Territory Plan.

Mr Speaker, this motion is about a road that has been the subject of debate ever since the ACT was granted self-government. Unfortunately, this debate has to continue as I believe that new government still has not got it right.


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