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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 11 Hansard (22 October) . . Page.. 3920..


MS GALLAGHER: We are having further discussions, Mrs Burke. It is still occurring.

Mrs Dunne: Point of order, Mr Speaker: is it permissible for the Treasurer to yell out "shut up"across the chamber?

Mr Quinlan: As permissible as it is for you to argue during question time.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Was that said?

Mr Quinlan: Yes, it was.

MR SPEAKER: Would you withdraw it?

Mr Quinlan: I would like you to reconsider that direction, Mr Speaker. We have people over here who are not listening to answers and are arguing all the time, so I think the best thing they could do is shut up.

MR SPEAKER: I am the one who says "shut up".

Mr Quinlan: Okay. Would you do it more frequently?

MR SPEAKER: Would you please withdraw it?

Mr Quinlan: I withdraw it.

Car parking

MS TUCKER: My question is to Mr Corbell. It is in regard to the introduction of paid parking at Belconnen and Tuggeranong shopping centres. I am interested to know whether you have accompanied the introduction of paid parking in these areas with an investigation of the public transport needs of people who are currently using those areas and are parking at the moment so that you can find out what needs to happen to assist them if they, in fact, find the introduction of paid parking makes it impossible for them to drive to work.

MR CORBELL: Yes, ACTION, the Department of Urban Services and ACTPLA are working on this issue to ensure that, consistent with the introduction of paid parking at the town centres, there is appropriate information and advice available to people, who are currently using their private motor vehicle, to consider whether public transport or, indeed, other transport modes may meet their needs. ACTION is pursuing a strategy, in conjunction with Urban Services, to ensure advice on bus timetabling and availability is readily available.

At the same time, Mr Speaker, the government will also be introducing its TravelSmart initiative which was proposed in the most recent budget and will focus it, in the first instance, in some employment locations where paid parking is being introduced. TravelSmart is a program designed to allow people to make informed choices about their transport options and, obviously, encourage them to avoid or reduce the number of


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