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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 8 Hansard (28 August) . . Page.. 2147..


DR FOSKEY (continuing):

plan. I was moved to speak—I was going to save it until later when we had had a chance to read the report in detail—by Mr Seselja's additional and dissenting comments.

It is easy to bag a government, and this government deserves bagging in relation to ACTION, but I would like to hear something about the opposition's vision for public transport. Does the opposition support the sustainable transport plan? If it got into government would it maintain, enhance and deepen that plan? While I agree with many of Mr Seselja's comments, at this point in time we are faced with enormous crises. Public transport in this city is one of the solutions to those crises.

I would like to hear some positive suggestions from the opposition. I do not want to hear, "Oh, no, we do not want the Belconnen busway. We do not want inter-town speedy transit. We do not ever want to consider light rail,"to which our transport system could be adapted.

Mr Seselja: How much will that cost?

MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Seselja!

DR FOSKEY: So let us hear about the opposition's vision as well as its criticism. Criticism is certainly due. After glancing at the report and listening to Mr Gentleman's remarks I state at the outset that this report, which looks like a majority government committee report, does not go far enough. However, I am impressed that we have this report after a very short time, for which Hanna Jaireth deserves particular commendation. It is a big and comprehensive report that deserves comprehensive treatment, which is what I plan to give it. I look forward to hearing what other members have to say when debate on this issue is resumed.

Debate (on motion by Mr Hargreaves ) adjourned to the next sitting.

Estimates 2007-2008—Select Committee

Report—government response

MR STANHOPE (Ginninderra—Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Business and Economic Development, Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, Minister for the Arts) (10.52): For the information of members, I present the following report:

Estimates 2007-2008—Select Committee—Report—Appropriation Bill 2007-2008—Government response, dated August 2007—including Government responses to—

Additional comments (Dr Foskey) dated August 2007.

Additional and Dissenting Report (Mr Stefaniak, Mrs Burke), dated August 2007.

I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.


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