Page 1209 - Week 04 - Wednesday, 4 May 2022

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MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please direct your remarks through the chair.

MR HANSON: I will not respond to his interjection. Thank you. We do not have to acquiesce, bend, negotiate, deal and do what Mr Barr has to do; but, regardless, I am thankful to him today for holding the line as he has. I think that the Greens have, to an extent, jumped the shark with some of their comments today and have put on the public record how extreme they are.

Just as I would defend your right to say what you have today, Mr Braddock, and Ms Clay previously, let me assure you that I will exercise my right. I will make it very clear to the public, and I will make it my task, day in, day out, to expose to the Australian people, to the people of Canberra, just what your policies are, how dangerous they are to not just Canberra but through the flow-on effect of that to the ADF, national security and, consequently, internationally in places like Ukraine.

It has been an interesting debate, I think. This is, as I said, the first time I have seen the Labor Party actually hold the line and not go to an extreme level. I thank you for that. But let me say that it is a revealing day, too, about just how mad and bad the Greens have become.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Transport—bus services

MS CLAY (Ginninderra) (4.07): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) 62 percent of the ACT’s tracked climate emissions come from transport, primarily cars. Cars also contribute to congestion and poor air quality;

(b) not enough people in Canberra currently use public transport. Only 4.6 percent of all journeys were taken by bus according to the ACT and Queanbeyan-Palerang Household Travel Survey 2017;

(c) service frequency and reliability, particularly on weekends, are barriers to bus use for some Canberrans; and

(d) Transport Canberra has fewer woman bus drivers than the national average (around 11 percent in the ACT compared to 13 percent nationally);

(2) further notes that:

(a) Transport Canberra is operating an interim timetable due to COVID-related staff absences;

(b) weekend services are only available two hourly for most services after 12 pm on a Saturday and all day Sunday;

(c) Victoria has a detailed Women in Transport program and strategy which includes a target of 10 percent increase every year in women drivers;

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