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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 12 Hansard (20 November) . . Page.. 3577..


MR GENTLEMAN (continuing):

efficient and reliable public transport. The recent major road development, the Gungahlin Drive extension, incorporates bus priority measures to support public transport on the major corridor of Belconnen Way. I was pleased to hear from the minister that the opposition has included transport corridors in its transport policy, but it appears to be in direct competition with Mr Seselja's position on busways.

Mr Pratt mentioned that there is no fleet replacement strategy in the ACT. Last week, there was a $50 million announcement regarding new buses. Mr Pratt also mentioned comments from the Transport Workers Union. I have a copy of a letter to the Chief Minister from the Transport Workers Union. It says:

The TWU membership at ACTION have asked me to congratulate the ACT Government on the funding initiatives for ACTION Buses announced in the Appropriation Bill 2007-2008 (2) presentation speech. I believe that the measures announced, including an increase in the funding of network services, an upgrade of interchange and bus stop infrastructure, an upgrade of the ACTION fleet and the measures announced to extend half price travel for seniors, will greatly improve Public Transport for the people of the ACT.

In conclusion, let me say that there are a host of initiatives there. They are concrete examples of the Stanhope Labor government's continuing recognition of the importance of a safe, reliable and integrated public transport system.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The time for this discussion has expired.

Adjournment

Motion by Mr Corbell proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Cystic Fibrosis Association

MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (4.23): On Saturday morning I had the great pleasure to attend Kippax Fair and to participate in the LJ Hooker Kippax great garage sale which raised funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Association of the ACT. I understand that, as a result of the work done by LJ Hooker Kippax, they raised in excess of $12,000 from the garage sale, public auction and silent auction of goods ranging from jigsaw puzzles, bric-a-brac and the like through to power tools and sporting memorabilia. It was great to see what someone described as the high level of corporate philanthropy alive and well in Kippax in support of the Cystic Fibrosis Association.

As members know, I have two children who suffer from cystic fibrosis. Thankfully, neither of them is particularly ill at any time and they probably do not rely on the resources of the Cystic Fibrosis Association as much as many other Canberra residents do.

I had the privilege of meeting Carmel Santosuosso, who on Saturday celebrated the first anniversary of her double lung transplant. Carmel is a young mother of two boys. In her thirties, she was suddenly confronted with declining health; she is a testament


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