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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 3 Hansard (15 March) . . Page.. 613..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

Accordingly, I commend the Electricity (Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Amendment Bill 2007 to the Assembly.

Debate (on motion by Dr Foskey ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Reference

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (12.06): I move:

That:

(1) the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment inquire into and investigate public transport in the ACT specifically:

(a) the operation of ACTION buses and whether they meet the needs of the public and consider factors such as:

(i) governance;

(ii) administrative function;

(iii) budget; and

(iv) timetabling;

(b) the sustainable transport plan including:

(i) the appropriateness of the plan especially targets;

(ii) progress towards implementation; and

(iii) measures needed to ensure targets are met;

(c) issues that assist or impede the establishment and maintenance of effective public transport; and

(d) any other issues; and

(2) the Committee report by 25 September 2007.

This is an important issue, and it is timely that it comes after a brief discussion on greenhouse gases and how they relate to the electricity industry, because the next single-biggest producer of greenhouse gas emissions in the ACT is transport, at 27 per cent. We see the importance of public transport in the whole equation in relation to greenhouse gas emissions. Mr Hargreaves used important words about the social, environmental and economic future of our territory being influenced by greenhouse gas emissions. So having a discussion at any stage on the future of our public transport system is important. It is also the case that in the current climate it is time that we had a thorough investigation into the operation of our public transport system in the ACT.


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