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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 2 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 564..


Amendment No 1 (Mr Corbell's ) agreed to.

Amendment No 2 (Mr Corbell's ) negatived.

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MS TUCKER (4.53): I will be brief in wrapping up the debate. I thank members for supporting this motion. I want to respond to the general proposition that has been put forward by everyone in this house except me that we can have a sustainable transport policy and change in culture while still building a freeway. That is a fundamentally flawed proposal, in my view. We have just talked about the cultural change that is necessary to move people into public transport. That process would be set back significantly by further facilitating car use by building another road. In my view, that is a fundamental problem with the approach that is being taken by everyone else in the Assembly.

However, having said that, I will move on to a point which Mr Corbell made and which I want to pick up because it is related to my first point, that is, that the government has improved the attractiveness of public transport in Gungahlin. I give them credit for that. It is really interesting to note how the initiatives that the government has already implemented have resulted in an increase in patronage, which is a hopeful sign. It says to the people who say that you are never going to move people out of their cars that they are wrong. It really is important to make the public transport option more attractive to people. Ms Dundas or someone else referred to the fare go scheme.

Mrs Cross: I talked about public transport attractiveness.

MS TUCKER: Yes, but I was talking about the fare go scheme.

Ms Dundas: The way to go scheme.

MS TUCKER: Sorry, the way to go scheme, which is another that is facilitating a pick up in public transport. Ms Dundas raised cycling as an alternative and I think that that is a really important aspect of urban transport that needs to be stressed in any plan. We are talking about public transport at this point in time-you can certainly take that into account with public transport-but the capacity for cyclists to use light rail is important because they can take their bikes onto a carriage. That is also an aspect of the attractiveness of light rail. I will not go on any more; I will just thank members again for their support.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

ABC and SBS funding

MR HARGREAVES (4.56): I move:

The Assembly requests the Chief Minister to advise the Federal Government that the Assembly supports the triennial funding submission 2003-2006 of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and the Special Broadcasting Service (SBS).


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