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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 9 Hansard (8 August) . . Page.. 2738..


MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what advice has Treasury given to you about this project?

MR CORBELL: The Under Treasurer is represented as a member of the capital metro board, which reports to me, and I receive extensive advice from the board and all of its members.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how much money will be spent before the project is shovel-ready?

MR CORBELL: The government has set out the program expenditure for the coming 12 months—indeed, for the coming two years—in the budget papers that are now before the Assembly. As the project is further developed and as further costs are quantified, they will be dealt with, as is appropriate, through the appropriation process.

Roads—safety

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is to the Attorney-General. Attorney, I note the first ACT road safety report card 2012 was tabled earlier this week. What actions is the ACT government undertaking to contribute to road safety in the territory?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Gentleman for the question. I was pleased to release the ACT road safety report card earlier this sitting week. That report card concludes that the ACT has a lower rate of deaths against all of the national high-level outcome measures, including road fatalities per capita, with 3.2 fatalities per 100,000 people, compared with 5.8 road fatalities per 100,000 people nationally. This is a pleasing outcome but it does highlight that, unfortunately, all too often we still see tragedy on our roads.

For that reason, the government continues with a very proactive program to improve safety on our roads and, in particular, to target dangerous, reckless or hooning behaviour on our roads, which I know is of great concern to a number of members of this place, as I know it is to many members of the community more broadly. That is why, in my most recent special direction as Minister for Police and Emergency Services, I have given a direction to the Chief Police Officer to continue a special area of focus on road safety, in particular to deal with antisocial and dangerous driving behaviours.

This is a priority in our budget as well. There is a further $5 million in the current budget before the Assembly right now to expand our road safety operations team. This is about putting more police on the street to deal with dangerous and antisocial driving behaviour.

The deployment of further RAPID camera technology vehicles and additional police to staff those vehicles means we can do more to tackle antisocial and dangerous


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