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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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includes the guidelines that are in place, and have been for some time, and the amendments that were made effective as of 28 September. I table the following paper:

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Auslan interpreter

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make a statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure. In response to the resolution of the Assembly of 24 September 2015, which referred a proposed amendment of standing order 210 to the committee for consideration, the committee discussed the proposed amendment, which would allow an accredited Auslan interpreter to come onto the floor of the chamber. The committee agreed to the change to standing order 210 and that the standing order would allow access to interpreters for all members, with the assurance that the interpreter is appropriately certified and with the cost for the interpreter to be met by the Legislative Assembly.

Standing orders—matters of public importance

Statement by Speaker

MADAM SPEAKER: Pursuant to standing order 246A, I wish to make another statement on behalf of the Standing Committee on Administration and Procedure in response to the resolution of the Assembly of 24 September 2015, which referred proposed amendments to standing orders relating to matters of public importance. The committee considered the proposed amendments, which would allow matters of public importance to be proposed by members of the public for discussion on a sitting Thursday. The majority of the committee did not support the proposed amendments to standing orders.

Transport—public

Debate resumed.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Planning, Minister for Roads and Parking, Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, Minister for Children and Young People and Minister for Ageing) (3.45): Canberra is a growing city; it is growing quickly as it becomes a vibrant and diverse international city. The population is expected to increase to over half a million people in the next two decades. This will present significant opportunities for growing our city and its economy; we must ensure that we do not make the mistakes of other cities by not investing in public transport infrastructure and futureproofing our city as it grows.

With the highest car dependency of any Australian capital city, our growing population will mean more cars on our roads and more congestion. It is essential that we tackle the resulting economic, social and environmental challenges by investing in leading infrastructure through building an integrated transport network.


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