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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 Hansard (15 May) . . Page.. 1256 ..

MS HORODNY (continuing):

Under the Government's new rules, the onus is really on the neighbours to complain about a truck if it is not conforming with the rules; but this puts a lot of pressure on neighbours to confront a truck driver. For a lot of people this would be very stressful. Many people are putting up with the nuisance caused by neighbouring trucks because of the fear of causing a scene.

Mr De Domenico: Nonsense!

MS HORODNY: It is not nonsense, Mr De Domenico. It cannot be said that just because there have not been many complaints there is not a problem. We believe that it is better for trucks to be moved out of residential areas via legislative means rather than relying on neighbours to lodge complaints. In summary, we find it hard to believe that the proposed rules will work in practice.

Mr Hird: Lucy, who is going to pay for this?

MS HORODNY: If you had been listening, Mr Hird, you would have heard what I said about that. The rules are biased against the rights of residents to enjoy the peace and quiet of their neighbourhoods. Truck drivers have been getting away with being able to park wherever they like for too long. There are many other places where trucks can be parked. Trucks do not belong in our suburbs.

MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services) (11.43): Mr Speaker, I move:

That the debate be adjourned.

Ms Horodny might have waited until the Government makes its statement in the house tomorrow before saying what she said today.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR WOOD (11.43): Mr Speaker, I move:

That as a positive measure to encourage growth and encourage employment in the ACT this Assembly urges the Government to:

(1) accelerate the current public works program so that projects advance rapidly and no funds remain unspent; and

(2) expand the program by the construction of such projects as:

(a) the Cultural Centre;

(b) the Government office block at Gungahlin;

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