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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . .

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business case, which will, as I have said in this place, be released next Friday. We will be very happy to stand by the project and explain all the details of it. Nor have I ever said that it has been poorly explained. What I do accept is that it is a change to the way that we have had public transport services provided across Canberra. There are questions about the project from the community, legitimate questions, that a responsible government needs to answer, and the work of continuing to explain this project will be ongoing. I imagine that will happen—

Mr Coe: So it's not just me.

MS GALLAGHER: That will be for people who support the project, Mr Coe, and for those that do not. I think there is a range of projects across government where you get people who support it and people who do not. The job of the elected representatives who have a particular policy position on it is to explain why we have that and why we are proceeding with light rail.

I am very optimistic about the opportunities that are presented from continuing to talk about the project. The more people I talk to who actually understand the detail and some of the decisions the government has taken to date, the more their concerns are addressed. That is something that this government will prioritise and continue to do. I have no doubt that those opposite will continue their destructive and wrecking approach to the light rail project. It is what we expect. In many ways if you took a different approach, we would get a little bit worried. But we expect that that is how it will continue. Our job has to be much broader. We have certain responsibilities that we have to fulfil that you do not need to bother about, and we will continue to work on that and continue to explain the benefits that will come from a city-building project like this. (Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Will the government make a further submission to Infrastructure Australia with the new business case?

MS GALLAGHER: The government will be making submissions to Infrastructure Australia about ACT government projects. I would draw members' attention to the fact that we have a Prime Minister at the moment who is a roads prime minister, who wants to build roads across Australia. He has made that very clear to me, to all first ministers and indeed to the Australian community, in presentations and speeches that he has made. But yes, I do not see any reason why the ACT government should not provide submissions seeking commonwealth government assistance for major infrastructure projects.

Gaming—reforms

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Racing and Gaming. Minister, how will the recent reform package for ACT clubs help clubs maintain their viability and grow?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for her question. The reforms I announced on 2 October deliver on the government's commitment in the 2012 memorandum of


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