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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 5 Hansard (9 May) . . Page.. 1674 ..


national significance of the area, it will be necessary for commonwealth government approvals to be obtained, as well as commonwealth parliamentary approvals. We want to enhance the public realm and ensure light rail integrates seamlessly into a changing urban environment shaped by future development.

The alignment requires a number of new structures to be built, including new bridges potentially on Commonwealth Avenue, at Adelaide Avenue over State Circle, Hopetoun Circuit and works under Kent Street and Yarra Glen. A number of existing utilities will also need to be assessed for potential replacement or relocation to avoid conflicts with the alignment.

Perhaps the biggest challenge to the next stage of light rail is not technical at all; rather it comes in the form of Liberal Senator Zed Seselja. He is determined to block this city-building project. He failed to stop light rail when he was in the chamber. His colleagues failed to stop light rail nearly two years ago. Now he is having another crack.

Perhaps the opposition could comment and reflect on their position, confirm their position, on this significant city-shaping project for the benefit of the Canberra community. They have been silent and appear therefore to support the senator's position. I would ask them to clarify this for the Canberra community and ask whether they will back this city-shaping project for our community.

Roads—Ashley Drive

MS LAWDER: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. Minister, during the 2012 election Katy Gallagher promised to duplicate Ashley Drive in Tuggeranong. At the 2015 election the Barr government again promised to duplicate Ashley Drive.

Mr Barr: I think you'll find the election was 2016, actually.

MS LAWDER: I think you might have said it—never mind. During annual report hearings in November 2017 your directorate promised that the duplication would be completed in February 2018.

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Members, please! Mr Wall, thank you.

Mr Hanson: And Mr Barr, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: I was about to go to Mr Barr as well. Can I ask you, Ms Lawder, to start again?

MS LAWDER: I would love to. My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services—again. During the 2012 election Katy Gallagher promised to duplicate Ashley Drive in Tuggeranong. Prior to the 2016 election the Barr government again promised to duplicate Ashley Drive. During annual report hearings in November 2017 your directorate promised that the duplication would be completed in February 2018.


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