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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .

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are 30 per cent fewer assaults on police when they are armed with a taser and Mr Corbell is saying, "No, not unless I give the green light." I say: "Let's get the politics out of this. Let's say, 'Chief Police Officer, your call. We trust you. Keep our community safe and keep your officers safe.'"

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Roads—Majura parkway

MR COE (Ginninderra) (3:44): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes regarding the impact on Majura Parkway:

(a) the favourable cost benefit ratio for the project;

(b) the need for improved road transport links connecting Gungahlin and other parts of northern Canberra;

(c) the significant contribution by the Commonwealth Government to the cost of construction;

(d) the need for motorists to efficiently use Majura Parkway to travel to and from the centre of Canberra; and

(e) the findings of the Fairbairn Avenue Duplication Traffic Modelling report of 2013, including Fairbairn Avenue is already at capacity; and

(2) calls on the ACT Government to detail how they will address the congestion concerns of motorists using Fairbairn Avenue to access the City from Majura Parkway.

I move this motion on Majura parkway because I recognise the important role that road transport plays in Canberra. In contrast to those opposite, who believe that cars are evil, I believe that cars have provided great opportunities for lifestyle and personal freedom. In fact, the layout of Canberra, the bush capital, is really only possible due to the space that we have been able to spread out into. Whilst this does provide difficulties for the provision of public transport, it also enables all Canberrans to be no more than a kilometre or two away from a nature reserve. This mix of the natural world and suburbia has created a quality of life in Canberra which is much sought after around the world.

The Canberra Liberals support the construction of Majura parkway because it serves as a great enabler for freight, tourists, local businesses and, of course, households. The stretch of road will link the Monaro Highway with the Federal Highway and divert much traffic which would otherwise be on less efficient thoroughfares, including Northbourne Avenue.


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