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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 3 Hansard (20 March) . . Page.. 900..


MR DOSZPOT: Minister, the incident occurred on 14 February—

Mr Hargreaves: Point of order, Mr Speaker: this is the third one in a row where a supplementary question has been preceded by a preamble—a third time for Mr Doszpot. Please bring him to order.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, I am giving you the chance to ask a question, but you are making it difficult for me to continue, so please try and cut straight to the question.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why did it take you either seven or eight days to ask for a risk assessment when the incident occurred on 14 February?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for his question. Unlike his precipitate action in these matters, I undertake considered actions, which require thought and require judgement. I am not going to be rushed into knee-jerk responses, unlike Mr Doszpot.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Doszpot, a supplementary.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, when will the results of the risk assessment be known and when will you make them public?

DR BOURKE: The results will be provided to me shortly, I expect, and I will be free to discuss them in the Assembly in due course.

Transport—strategy

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development. Minister, you recently released a strategy document, transport for Canberra. Could you inform the Assembly about how this strategy aims to meet the challenge of our growing city?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Porter for the question. Yesterday I was pleased to join with the Chief Minister to release the transport for Canberra policy, the new policy framework to guide the delivery of active transport and more sustainable transport as well as more efficient transport for the city as a whole. This has been the subject of detailed investigation and consultation over the past 18 months and has responded considerably to a number of key issues raised by the Canberra community during the public consultation process.

In particular, one of the key aims of the strategy is to ensure that we tackle the growing issue of congestion on Canberra's road network. There is no doubt that a continuation of business as usual practices will see congestion double between now and 2026. So we have a choice as a city: either we continue business as usual or we seek to take steps to reduce, alleviate and ameliorate the impacts of growing congestion on our transport network as well as give Canberrans better transport choices and more sustainable transport choices.


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