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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 9 Hansard (13 August) . .

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worth pointing out that the changes announced in the budget relate to not all car parking in Civic, as Mrs Jones alluded to in her question.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mrs Jones.

MRS JONES: Chief Minister, what extra buses will be provided to ensure that people can get home from the city now that parking is no longer free?

MR BARR: I make the observation that there have been charging arrangements in relation to parking in the city for some time, including late nights on Fridays. Not all parking in the city is being charged for outside of hours. There is considerable provision—

Mrs Jones: Point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mrs Jones. Stop the clock.

Mrs Jones: My question was about extra buses, not what other parking is available.

Dr Bourke: On the point of order—

MADAM SPEAKER: It is all right, Dr Bourke; I think I can manage this one myself. Given that the Chief Minister had 22 seconds—

Mr Barr: Note even that, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the basis of the clock, he had spoken for 22 seconds, I think he can get a little further in before I judge whether he is being directly relevant or not. Chief Minister.

MR BARR: Thank you, Madam Speaker. By way of providing some context to the concern, the government, through its provision of public transport services and through our transport reform agenda, is looking to make a variety of additional transport options available to Canberrans. That includes, amongst other things, light rail, but that is opposed by those opposite. The idea that those opposite have any concern about public transport provision or any concern about increased public transport provision is clearly laid bare by their opposition for opposition's sake to any new transport provision.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, when will after-hours paid parking be introduced in other town centres?

MR BARR: That is a hypothetical question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, what is the rationale for having paid parking after hours in the city but not in town centres?


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