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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (14 August) . . Page.. 2851 ..


I note comments today by the head of the Climate Council, Greg Bourne. He has described the national energy guarantee as locking in woefully inadequate electricity sector emissions. He notes that we can no longer expect the electricity sector to play its role in cutting pollution through transitioning to clean, affordable, low cost renewable energy. That is a pretty damning indictment of this model and I think it points to the fact that further improvements need to be made to the policy.

ACTION bus service—consultation

MS LEE: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services. During estimates, in relation to the new transport network, the Deputy Director-General of TCCS stated:

There will be a much shorter, effectively, third phase of consultation after this consultation where we will be putting the timetable out ...

Minister, given the deputy director-general's follow-up comments, that bus timetables are "big and complex beasts" which may need to be tweaked to make the system work better, why will this consultation process be much shorter than the last?

MS FITZHARRIS: I look forward to having this debate again on another issue that I notice on the notice paper for tomorrow. I am pleased to see such significant input into the second phase of consultation, which closed on Sunday. We very much look forward to analysing the feedback from that, and look forward to updating the community on next steps following that analysis.

MS LEE: Minister, when will this phase of consultation commence; for how long will it run; will you make those results public; and, if so, when?

MS FITZHARRIS: I think there were four questions in there. But I look forward to updating the Assembly about the results of the second phase of consultation, which closed on Sunday.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, does the government plan to actually take into account the community concerns raised throughout the consultation process or are the yet-to-be-released timetables a foregone conclusion?

MS FITZHARRIS: I note that there were two questions in the supplementary. I am really happy to answer more questions, Madam Speaker. Yes, as I outlined this morning, when there was the presentation of a petition, there have been a number of rounds of consultation about what Canberrans want to see out of their bus network. This is one of a number of rounds. I would note, of course, that currently only around eight per cent of Canberrans use our bus network. We absolutely must get more Canberrans using the bus network. We will, of course, take on board all the feedback that we have received. That does not necessarily mean that we will be able to respond to every concern raised. We have to make sure that we have a bus service that is rapid, that is frequent, that is reliable, and that is a seven-day-a-week network. We have to make sure that we provide equitable bus services across the territory. We have to get people from A to B more quickly.


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