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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 13 Hansard (18 November) . .

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implementing the recommendations of the Auditor-General. That is recommendation 1,

which is also the only recommendation in the report.

I thank members for their assistance in compiling this report and getting it to the Assembly. I also thank Dr Andrea Cullen, who was here at the start, and Ms Kate Harkins, who is the assistant secretary, who was here at the end, with the support of Greg Hall and Lydia Chung.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR COE (Ginninderra) (10.04): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes the recent report of the ACT Auditor-General, entitled Public Transport: The Frequent Network Report No. 9/2015, which details the ACT Government's failure to adequately implement and oversee the Frequent Network. In particular, the Auditor-General's report highlights, amongst other things, that:

(a) a significant number of buses will need to be added to the ACTION bus fleet if the goals of Transport for Canberra are to be achieved;

(b) a strong benefit-to-cost ratio of 3.59 exists for a bus based Frequent Network;

(c) a very significant part of the Frequent Network may never be served by light rail;

(d) poor governance and administrative arrangements have led to a Transport for Canberra Implementation Working Group meeting on nine occasions, despite the terms of reference for the group stating it should have met on 18 occasions;

(e) the Transport for Canberra Implementation Working Group has not met since December 2014, when oversight for Transport for Canberra was passed to the Parking Coordination Group and the Roads Coordination Group. However, there is no evidence that the Frequent Network has been considered by either of the groups;

(f) no risk assessment has been completed by the Environment and Planning Directorate with respect to the implementation of Transport for Canberra;

(g) the ACT Government has failed to report annually on the progress of Transport for Canberra;

(h) the only Transport for Canberra Report Card, released in September 2014, contains inaccurate and ambiguous information; and

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