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Mr Berry: May I add further to the debate. Mr Speaker, I believe that your ruling on my right to a question was out of order. Standing order 113A, which you raised here in the chamber, reads:
Questions without notice shall not be concluded until all non-Executive Members rising have asked at least one question.
Mr Osborne was very slow in getting to his feet. In the meantime I leapt to my feet with the view to balancing the questions which had been asked by the other side of the chamber. I do not know why it is that there is such a fear of questions in this place. Just balancing the books to be fair would not have hurt.
MRS CARNELL: I would like to give more information on a question that was asked in the house earlier this week with regard to lease documents for Acton Peninsula tenants. The Government would like to be able today to table all relevant documents. However, I am advised that, to cover the possibility that these documents contain information that is confidential, it is advisable to seek consent from each tenant individually before tabling each individual lease or agreement document. Officers of my department are currently arranging for this to occur; but this already has occurred with regard to the hospice, so I would like to table today the lease for the hospice on Acton Peninsula.
Gungahlin - Road Links
MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, I would also like to give some more information on a question asked of me yesterday by either Ms Horodny or Ms Tucker in relation to the linking of Gungahlin. I think it was you, Ms Horodny. Mr Speaker, the Department of Urban Services has prepared a 10-year transport plan which aims at maximising public transport patronage utilising the current road network to its limits and protecting the amenity of North Canberra residents by providing sufficient additional arterial road capacity and other measures where necessary to ensure that commuters do not infiltrate residential streets.
The transport plan is based on the findings of the Gungahlin external travel study, the Northbourne Avenue study and the future public transport options study, and assumes that public transport use in the ACT will increase by about 9 to 15 per cent for work trips. The construction of John Dedman Parkway, the duplication of William Slim Drive and the upgrading of Majura Road are some of the main priorities in the transport plan. However, the timing of any work will be dependent on the rate of development in Gungahlin and the level of funding available.