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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2994 ..


Given the vast public outcry against the proposed new network, if the minister is to be believed and if the government really is listening to Canberrans, then I guess in the next couple of months we can expect to see another complete network overhaul. If the government really is listening to Canberrans then Transport Canberra officials would go back to the drawing board and design the network that Canberrans have asked for—a network with more direct routes, a network with shorter, door-to-door travel times, a network with increased on and off-peak services, a network that genuinely encourages more Canberrans to use our buses whilst not encouraging those who currently use our buses to return to their cars.

Minister, I was listening and I heard you loud and clear when you said that the government could not respond to every concern raised. I urge you to be honest with the people of Canberra and say that you have no intention of responding to any of these concerns.

MS FITZHARRIS (Yerrabi—Minister for Health and Wellbeing, Minister for Transport and City Services and Minister for Higher Education, Training and Research) (4.45): Madam Deputy Speaker, I seek your guidance. I do believe I was misrepresented.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: You can use standing order 47 and seek leave to speak again to clarify where you believe that you have been misinterpreted.

MS FITZHARRIS: I seek leave.

Leave granted.

MS FITZHARRIS: Miss C Burch concluded her remarks by saying that I have no intention of listening to the feedback. I do believe that that is a significant misrepresentation of what I said at length in my contribution to this debate, and what I have said at length previously, and I would ask her to consider withdrawing that because that is a significant misrepresentation and does go to my reputation as a member and as a minister.

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Sorry, you either have to, on a point of order, ask her to withdraw or explain how you believe you have been misrepresented. You cannot do both.

MS FITZHARRIS: Thank you. I have now explained how I believe I was misrepresented and I would ask her to withdraw.

MISS C BURCH (Kurrajong) (4.47): Can I seek leave to clarify the remark?

MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Yes, under standing order 47.

MISS C BURCH: I said that the minister had no intention of responding, which is in response to a direct quote from yesterday that the government could not respond to every concern raised. The word was "responded", not "listen".


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