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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (27 November) . . Page.. 4270..


committee from Canberra Airport. Mr Snow made clear the economic benefits of a light rail project for Canberra. She said that light rail is a fundamental part of a modern city.

I would like to thank everybody for their contributions. I remind everybody that investing in light rail will provide our city with the most reliable and convenient form of public transport available. It will provide people with an attractive alternative to the car, easing congestion and pollution as the population continues to grow. This is a transformational project for our capital and it will ensure that our home, the nation's capital, will be able to continue to grow sustainably well into the future.

Question put:

That the motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 8: Ms Berry Dr Bourke Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Gentleman Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury

Noes 7: Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mrs Jones Ms Lawder Mr Smyth Mr Wall

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Emergency Services—management

MR SMYTH (Brindabella) (11.38): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the various problems existing within the ESA and its component organisations:

(a) ACT Fire and Rescue;

(b) ACT Ambulance Service;

(c) ACT State Emergency Service; and

(d) ACT Rural Fire Service; and

(2) calls on the Minister to establish a statutory authority to manage emergency services in the ACT.

The history of the Emergency Services Agency under Mr Corbell has been a sad saga of mismanagement and one catastrophe after another. Despite debating a motion in October this year, in the short period of time since then three more issues have emerged: we have now confirmed that WorkSafe ACT is investigating bullying inside the ESA; we have had the report of the Fair Work Ombudsman; and, of course,


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