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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 10 Hansard (18 October) . . Page.. 3118..


MR SPEAKER: Order! Withdraw that. That is an imputation of improper conduct.

MR HARGREAVES: I withdraw the word "probably", Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Just withdraw unequivocally, please.

Mr Pratt: Clean it up, John. Clean it up.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Pratt, sit down. Mr Hargreaves, just withdraw.

MR HARGREAVES: I withdraw that comment unreservedly, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you.

MR HARGREAVES: What I was actually going to do—and this is not a qualification—was applaud Mrs Dunne. We have served on the very same committee in the past. I know that she has a very good command of public transport issues and I have respected her opinion in the past, in particular as it related to taxi issues, as she will know. It is a bit of a shame that I do not have the same respect for my colleague across the chamber, because all he can do is interject and scream at me. Okay then; he is not going to do it.

Mr Speaker, I congratulate the committee—at least two-thirds of it—on a job well done.

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Acting Minister for Health and Acting Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services) (11.54): I would just like to join my colleague in welcoming the report prepared by the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment into sustainable transport. It was indeed very timely that there was an Assembly investigation into this issue, because this is without a doubt one of the most significant issues facing our city, for two reasons. First of all, as the city grows and develops, the ability for us to rely on individual motorised transport as the most effective way to get around the city in all instances will lessen because of increased levels of congestion, increased levels of growth in certain locales around the city, and that presents challenges in terms of managing growth and responding to changes. The other significant issue, though, is the contribution that motorised transport makes to our greenhouse gas emissions. And in Canberra, as members should be aware by now—

It being 45 minutes after the commencement of Assembly business, the debate was interrupted in accordance with standing order 77. Ordered that the resumption of the debate be made an order of the day for the next sitting.

Planning and Environment—Standing Committee

Report 30

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella) (11.58): I present the following report:

Report 30 of the Standing Committee on Planning and Environment entitled The proposed nomination of the ACT as a UNESCO biosphere reserve, dated


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