Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 06 Hansard (Wednesday, 6 June 2018) . . Page.. 2090 ..
through committee inquiry about the nature of the contract. They fail to understand that. They also fail to understand that constructing an additional stop at Mitchell is about a number of factors.
One of them is about the construction of the stop. The other is about the operational impact of adding another stop, the timing of the route and the resequencing of traffic lights, for example, along the full route. The government will build a stop in Mitchell. It is, as I have said previously, the only stop along the route that has future-proofed utilities underground. The government has funded it.
The government will look forward to doing that work over the next 12 months. The government will look forward to further engagement with the Mitchell Traders Association. Most of all, the government will look forward to light rail operating in the ACT because no-one is under any illusion that the opposition opposed that. (Time expired.)
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what would it cost now to contract this stop in this stage, the first stage of light rail?
Mr Steel: Madam Speaker, a point of order. That is just a hypothetical and it should be ruled out. Under standing order 117, hypotheticals cannot be asked. It is as simple as that.
MADAM SPEAKER: Can you repeat your question, Mr Milligan?
MR MILLIGAN: Minister, what would it cost to construct the stop for Mitchell under the current contract?
MADAM SPEAKER: I believe it is in order, Mr Steel.
MS FITZHARRIS: As I have indicated, the government has not considered opening up the contract at this point because the construction of that stop would involve significant negotiation not only about the construction of the stop itself but also about the complete operations of the entire route. The government has funded the provision of a stop in Mitchell. It was pleased to do so in yesterday’s budget and looks forward to progressing that work over the next 12 months.
MR PETTERSSON: My question is to the Minister for Disability, Children and Youth. Minister, what is the ACT government doing to support Canberrans with high and complex support needs which are not being met by the NDIS?
MS STEPHEN-SMITH: I thank Mr Pettersson for his question. The ACT is, of course, proud to be the first jurisdiction to roll out the national disability insurance scheme to all eligible participants. It is delivering choice and control for thousands of Canberrans living with a disability. In 2018-19 the ACT government will contribute $137 million towards the scheme.