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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 5 Hansard (5 May) . . Page.. 1776..

MR SMYTH (continuing):

Minister's ill-founded claims and accusations about the audit office. It would be lovely if the Chief Minister would simply stand and apologise and let the Auditor-General and her office get on with the job.

Active transport plan

Paper and statement by member

MS LE COUTEUR (Molonglo), by leave: I present the following paper:

Active Transport Plan for the ACT—ACT Greens, dated March 2010.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MS LE COUTEUR: This paper is about active transport. Active transport is physically active transport. Walking is part of it, cycling is part of it. And active transport needs also to integrate with a strong public transport system. In the ACT our public transport system is our bus system. Active transport is an important part of our transport system. It is an important part of our sustainable transport system but it is, of course, not the only part of our transport system. And the Greens have never said that it is. It is an important part, and a good transport system, a sustainable transport system, is a key to the planning of Canberra's future. So I commend this paper to you.

Closing the gap on unmet legal need—the ACT Greens' 5 point action plan

Paper and statement by member

MR RATTENBURY (Molonglo), by leave: I present the following paper:

Closing the Gap on Unmet Legal Need—The ACT Greens' 5 Point Action Plan, dated April 2010.

I seek leave to make a statement in relation to the paper.

Leave granted.

MR RATTENBURY: The Greens believe equitable access to justice is a cornerstone of a modern democratic society. Having the ability to speak to a lawyer and get their advice is one fundamental way to ensure that individuals can uphold their rights. Any legal issue that arises can be an unexpected and highly stressful event for the individual involved. Where legal need is unmet and people go without advice, the quality of justice and of our society is diminished. And that is why we have developed this action plan.

People are currently falling through the gaps and not getting advice when they need it most. This only adds to their stress at what is often already a difficult time, such as the end of a marriage or a de facto relationship. Unmet legal need is a shadowy problem which we know exists but which has not been quantified or acted on. This plan addresses that issue.

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