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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 1 Hansard (11 February) . . Page.. 255..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

people feel secure in using their surrounding facilities. Slower moving traffic is one way to achieve this.

Other specific actions, such as pedestrian crossings and islands, may be useful at specific sites of older persons residential accommodation. I look forward to the government's response to these issues. Revised amendments will be circulated in my name in a minute. When they are circulated, I will stand up and move them formally, but people can speak to what I intend to do.

MR SPEAKER: The amendments have been circulated. You can move them now.

MS TUCKER: I seek leave to move the revised amendments circulated in my name.

Leave granted.

MS TUCKER: I move the following amendments:

(1) Omit paragraph (2).

(2) Paragraph (3) after "Minister for Education, Youth and Family Services", insert "and the Minister for Urban Services".

(3) Paragraph (3) after "all school crossings", insert "and traffic management around schools".

(4) Insert the following new paragraph:

"(3a) calls on the government to report to the Assembly on traffic issues around childcare centres and older persons facilities on the potential for the introduction of 40km/h zones in those areas by 1 July 2004.".

MR WOOD (Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, Minister for Urban Services, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, and Minister for Arts and Heritage) (6.24): I do not think Mr Pratt intended it, but there is a measure of offence in his presentation that the government and the Department of Urban Services, or our traffic people, are unaware of the problems. He indicated that we must move rapidly to ensure the safety of all children.

Mr Pratt, that happens all day, every day in this community. It is regular practice for schools to call upon the Department of Urban Services to look at traffic issues around their schools, as it is for aged persons units and other places. DUS is continuously looking at these issues, so let's put aside any thought that there is a problem that has been unrecognised. More than that, there is an enormous jump in logic in this motion. It says, first of all, that there is no school crossing outside one school. As a result of that we have to look at every school in Canberra.

Mr Pratt: Sorry, we have to what?

MR WOOD: As a result of the fact that one crossing was presumably missing on one day, we now have to look at every school in Canberra. Now, that is an extension of logic. Mr Pratt mentioned three other schools in total where he believed there was a problem.

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