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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 1 Hansard (12 December) . . Page.. 137..


MR CORBELL (continuing):

indicated prior to the election we would build it. We will be removing the unfair zonal system, and we will be taking the other steps that I outlined earlier.

This government is bringing an integrated approach to planning in this city. It is bringing a strategic approach to addressing the issue of sustainable transport, and it is doing it in a way which is timely and responsive to the transport needs of the city overall, as well as for Gungahlin residents.

Mr Speaker, I have an amendment which reflects the points I have made in my speech. I move:

Omit all words after "Assembly", substitute the following:

(1) "recognises the need for Gungahlin residents to have a range of options for travel between Gungahlin and the rest of Canberra; and

(2) calls on the Government to proceed with the development of an integrated transport plan for Canberra, as well as detailed consideration of the following matters;

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

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

(c) upgrading of Majura Road and its connection across to Gungahlin to provide an eastern bypass of North Canberra;

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

(e) encouragement of 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."

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.32 pm to 2.30 pm.

Questions without notice

Education funding-inquiry

MR HUMPHRIES: My question is to the Treasurer. Mr Quinlan, the government has announced that it will conduct an inquiry into education funding in the ACT. On WIN news on 29 November it was reported that the inquiry would cost around $1 million. I note that the second appropriation bill tabled yesterday by you does not contain a provision for a $1 million inquiry. In fact, it contains no amount for an inquiry. Can you tell the Assembly how much the inquiry will cost and whether it will be funded from the education budget at large?

MR QUINLAN: Can I defer to my colleague the minister for education?

MR CORBELL: I will take the question as the minister responsible for this election commitment. The government has not yet indicated what the cost of the inquiry is, simply because it has not finalised the terms of reference or the context in which the


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