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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . .

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We have learnt from the previous responses. Indeed, we are now planning a light rail network for the whole of the ACT. As discussed earlier, the network will grow with the territory over the next 25 years. The first part will cross Lake Burley Griffin to the parliamentary triangle and service some 60,000 public servants there. It is important that we learn from the reports earlier mentioned and move forward with the best possible plan for the territory.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, did you become aware that the information contained in the transport for Canberra report was inaccurate before seeing a copy of the Auditor-General's report?

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for his supplementary question. I cannot recall the actual dates of reading those bits of information, but I will take that on notice and come back to Mr Smyth.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, do you stand by your figure of $700 million of congestion or is that another inaccuracy that Canberrans have to deal with?

MR GENTLEMAN: That was the information supplied by Infrastructure Australia when we were talking about congestion earlier in the year. So it is important that we do the best we can to remove congestion across the territory. Of course, that is by a future date of 2031.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, how do you describe the discrepancy of $700 million when just two weeks ago the department of infrastructure said that congestion would go from $200 million to $400 million?

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, I have not called you. Mr Gentleman, the Minister for Planning.

MR GENTLEMAN: Thank you, Madam Speaker—

Mr Corbell interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Sit down please, Mr Gentleman. Mr Corbell, that is twice I have called you to order when you are answering questions on behalf of other people.

Mr Corbell: Madam Speaker, I've interjected twice in question time today.


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