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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 12 Hansard (Thursday, 25 November 2021) . . Page.. 3733 ..

Many cities across the world aspire to be leaders in their rates of participation in active travel and public transport. Every city has its own unique contexts and circumstances, environments and dynamics which need to be carefully navigated and negotiated. The ACT is leading the way in Australia.

Canberra is already the envy of many Australian cities and jurisdictions, and we already lead the nation in the rate of people riding a bike to work. Our existing shared path infrastructure, and continued commitment and investment by this government to expand, maintain and improve connections across the network, play a great role. However, we still have a way to go. I hope that this report makes a contribution to the next steps that we take.

I commend my federal Labor colleagues Alicia Payne and Dr Andrew Leigh for their current petition calling on the federal government to make a major contribution to boost funding for more cycling infrastructure in the ACT. You can sign their petition on Alicia Payne’s website.

Her Way is about supporting and empowering those who want to make changes, and ensuring that there are appropriate programs, infrastructure, services and facilities in place to enable people to do this. It is about providing an opportunity and contributing to the type of city in which we want to live.

Question put:

That the amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 7

Noes 14

Mr Cain

Mr Braddock

Ms Orr

Ms Castley

Ms Burch

Dr Paterson

Mr Hanson

Ms Cheyne

Mr Pettersson

Mrs Jones

Ms Clay

Mr Rattenbury

Mrs Kikkert

Ms Davidson

Mr Steel

Mr Milligan

Mr Davis

Ms Stephen-Smith

Mr Parton

Mr Gentleman

Ms Vassarotti

Amendment negatived.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Hanson) agreed to:

That leave of absence be granted to Ms Lawder for this sitting for personal reasons.

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