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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 3 Hansard (31 March) . . Page.. 1182..


laws acknowledges that motor vehicle drivers have a special onus of responsibility for more vulnerable road users, and they are very aware of this responsibility because of the training they receive when becoming licensed.

One of the keys to this training is the concept of anticipation. Road users learn that they must expect the traffic environment to be unpredictable because of the different types of vulnerable road users that coexist. They must anticipate that there will be users of different sizes moving at different speeds. I am not suggesting that the ACT change its road user liability laws right at this moment, but I am suggesting it adopt vulnerable road users training as a part of driver licensing requirements. This can only be a good and positive thing for safety. Rather than being behind other jurisdictions in Australia, as we were with motorcycle training, introducing vulnerable road users training would make us a leading Australian jurisdiction.

Mr Stanhope said it was incumbent on motorcyclists to take greater responsibility. But it is also incumbent, as I have already said, on other road users, most particularly car drivers, to be knowledgeable of the other people using the road, including motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists, and to take them into account in how they travel on the roads.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Evidence Bill 2011

Debate resumed from 10 March 2011, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

Debate (on motion by Mrs Dunne) adjourned to the next sitting.

Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment

Report and government response

Debate resumed from 16 March 2011, on motion by Mr Corbell:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

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

Sitting suspended from 12.13 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—complaints

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Children and Young People. Minister, during question time on Tuesday this week, you said in relation to problems at Bimberi that were revealed in the media this week that "this is the first time I have heard of these complaints". Minister, what were the issues brought to your attention


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