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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 13 Hansard (29 November) . . Page.. 5046 ..


The Greens come in here, and post on Facebook, saying how gutted they are about losing the H course, when they could have stopped it if they wanted to. To have a posture on social media and in here, saying how important it is, but not to use your vote when it counts, is an act of utter hypocrisy, and you should be ashamed. The people of the ACT, the music students and the people who benefit from this will know and will understand how they have been betrayed by the Greens, and I will make it my particular passion to make sure that that happens.

Drone delivery trial—petition 23-18

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (10.14), by leave: I would like to applaud the Bonython Against Drones group for their ability to invigorate the community on this issue. This is serious community activism at work, and whatever you think about the issue of drone delivery, you cannot question the hard work and the passion of this group. I know it is something that you would agree with me on, Madam Speaker.

I want to thank you, Madam Speaker, for bringing this petition to the Assembly. However, I do note some irony in that your party very strongly indicated that they were opposed to establishing a committee inquiry into drone delivery. Although there was no division called, it was abundantly clear that every Labor member would have voted against an inquiry. I am pleased, Madam Speaker, that you can, in this instance, have a bob each way and at least pay some lip-service to the community concerned by going through the motions of tabling this petition.

It should be noted that the Canberra Liberals, through my colleague Mr Wall, have successfully moved a motion, with assistance from the Greens, to bring about a committee inquiry into this, with no help from Labor whatsoever.

Graduated licensing scheme reforms

Ministerial statement

MR RATTENBURY (Kurrajong—Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Minister for Corrections and Justice Health, Minister for Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety and Minister for Mental Health) (10.15): I am making a statement this morning to update members of the Assembly on the progress of the ACT graduated licensing scheme reforms, in response to the Assembly resolution of 22 August 2018. In particular, I wish to report back on the community feedback we have received and progress made on proposals for road safety reforms for young people. As members will be aware, the ACT is reviewing its GLS as an action item of the ACT road safety action plan for 2016-20 and is to introduce components of the national framework.

The ACT is lagging behind the rest of Australia when it comes to providing greater protections for young drivers and we must make changes in line with our commitment to vision zero: that no road death or injury is acceptable. Too many young drivers are being killed and injured on our roads, and there is strong evidence that shows that GLS measures can, and do, save young lives.


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