Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 13 Hansard (Wednesday, 16 November 2011) . . Page.. 5376 ..
danger of reoffending. This work is also to be commended. Members would know of my strong support of restorative justice in this regard. I look forward to seeing the new strategies currently being developed and the new action plan.
As I said, ACT Policing play a crucial role in our community; our thanks must go to each and every one who delivers this service to us on a daily basis.
Motion, as amended, agreed to.
Roads—T2 lanes and car pooling
MR COE (Ginninderra) (12.11): I move:
That this Assembly calls on the Government:
(1) to reinstate the T2 lane on Adelaide Avenue; and
(2) to acknowledge that car pooling is an effective means of reducing the number of cars on our roads and alleviating road congestion.
My motion today is a simple one but it is one that I think the vast majority of Canberrans would support. It is one that demonstrates the Canberra Liberals’ commitment to local services, to getting on with the job, to core business—to in effect turning the ACT government into being the best local government in Australia.
I am calling on the government to do two things. Firstly, I am calling for the government to reinstate the T2 lane on Adelaide Avenue, and in addition to this I want the Labor government to acknowledge that car pooling is an effective means of reducing the number of cars on our roads, thus alleviating road congestion.
The T2 lane was introduced on Adelaide Avenue in 2008 as a temporary measure in an effort to mitigate the impact of that iconic failure of the ACT Labor government, the Gungahlin Drive extension. In effect, because of the huge traffic congestions that were occurring on a daily basis on the Gungahlin Drive extension, in particular at Glenloch interchange, the ACT government said that the bus lane on Adelaide Avenue should be converted to a T2 lane to try and attract some of the motorists that were going on the Tuggeranong Parkway to drive on Adelaide Avenue. This was a good move by the government. It is a shame that the situation arose because congestion was so severe at Glenloch interchange, but it was a good move that the government took up.
Now the government have told us that the road has served its purpose and they no longer need a T2. In effect what they are saying is that everyone in the south of Canberra is okay getting to work; that there are no traffic jams when you are driving in from Woden, Weston Creek or Tuggeranong; that everyone there has a smooth ride in every single day.
Those on this side of the chamber understand that that is simply not the case. It is not acceptable in a planned city, in a city as affluent as ours, to have a government that