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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 1 Hansard (15 February) . .

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The business case considered the purchase for future urban growth of Canberra taking into consideration an initial assessment of constraints including preliminary environmental matters on the site.

Roads—traffic management

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a question and a supplementary question by Mrs Kikkert on Wednesday, 29 November 2017):

The community has been informed of the outcomes of the study, including the final scheme for improvements in the study area and the priorities for implementation. The outcomes were distributed via Newsletters to residents in the study area. Information is also available on the Transport Canberra and City Services website.

Justice—suspended sentences

Mr Ramsay (in reply to a supplementary question by Mr Hanson on Wednesday, 29 November 2017):

The Government is examining the issues raised by the former Victims of Crime Commissioner in his 22 November 2017 issues paper, Suspended Sentences, and as noted in that paper precise data on the outcomes of breaches of suspended sentences are not available.

It is important to recognise that decisions on suspended sentence orders are a matter for the judiciary. Judicial independence in considering appropriate sentences for offenders is an important tenet of the rule of law and separation of powers.

The Government will consider the VOCC's information and issues raised in that paper as part of its ongoing program of reviewing, and seeking to improve, the criminal justice system including our legislation for sentencing.

Municipal services—Dickson

Ms Fitzharris (in reply to a supplementary question by Ms Lawder on Thursday, 30 November 2017):

No. However, I am advised by TCCS that not all streets with raised paving are classified as a shared zone including those within Local Group and Town Centres. Raised paving is used as a form of traffic calming to slow vehicle speeds.

Examples of where raised pavements are used that are not shared zones include:

      •     Wombat crossings with a marked zebra or pedestrian crossing with appropriate signage to indicate motorists are required to give way to pedestrians or cyclists; and

      •     Threshold treatments which are provided to slow vehicle speeds and give motorists visual cues that they are entering a slower speed environment however, there is no requirement for motorists to give way to pedestrians. For example a 40Km/h speed limit area.


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