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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 2 Hansard (13 February) . . Page.. 540..


ACT expect more for their money; they expect that their rates and charges will go up but that services will be delivered in order to keep pace with these increases. It is not much to expect, and I intend to ensure that what I do in this place reflects that view.

I thank Mr Rattenbury for his amendment and cooperation in agreeing to provide more updates and more information to the community on this issue. The Liberal Party will be supporting the motion as amended.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Transport—light rail

MR COE (Ginninderra) (6.09): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the Government's commitment to construct light rail; and

(2) calls on the Government to table by the last sitting day in February:

(a) the expenditure to date, broken down by financial year, on external sources including consultancies, reports and studies;

(b) the internal expenditure to date, broken down by financial year, on internal sources and the number of public service staff working on the project and in what agencies;

(c) the timeline for the decision-making and construction progress;

(d) the expected cost to taxpayers of pre-construction and construction;

(e) the predicted patronage, running costs and staffing once operational;

(f) the population within reasonable walking distance of a light rail stop;

(g) plans for park and ride facilities;

(h) the financial models for funding the project; and

(i) what feedback was received from Infrastructure Australia as a result of the 2008-09 federally funded proposal.

Madam Speaker, I stand here today to ask serious questions about the Labor-Greens commitment to construct light rail in Canberra.

In early November last year, following the agreement signed by the Chief Minister and Shane Rattenbury, the government undertook to review light rail in the ACT. Mr Rattenbury is quoted in the Canberra Times on 3 November last year as saying:

Light rail will come to this city as a result of this agreement. Canberrans will see works commence during the course of this term of the assembly.


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