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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1813 ..

MS TUCKER (continuing):

Mr Smyth said that this motion would lead to the setting up of another committee unnecessarily and to giving more people work. People I have talked to are really interested in being on that committee. They have expertise and would be very willing to put in their time.

This is not just about the broad EIS process that has been described. It is about getting input at the detailed stage of planning of this section of highway in an area that is very sensitive for many people who live in Canberra. It is about trying to influence traffic engineers to be sensitive in road design and to be sensitive to these other considerations such as what the community feels about the significance of that area, the significance of the trees there, the value of trees and the value of treescapes. We had a condolence motion this week for Professor Pryor, who did so much for our city in terms of its treescape. All of us in this place acknowledged the importance of that. That is all this is about. A group of committed people with expertise want to get involved in the final stage. It really should not be a threat to government.

I do not believe Mr Kaine is correct in thinking it will just happen - pretty clearly, the Minister said it would not - to the degree that we want it to. I urge him to reconsider his vote. If at least nine of us in this place make it clear that this is not a particularly threatening motion but is about working in partnership with the community and showing sensitivity to their concerns, then it would be a good motion to support.

Question put:

That the motion (Ms Tucker's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	NOES, 9

Mr Berry	Ms Carnell
Mr Corbell	Mr Cornwell
Mr Hargreaves	Mr Hird
Mr Quinlan	Mr Humphries
Mr Rugendyke	Mr Kaine
Mr Stanhope	Mr Moore
Ms Tucker	Mr Osborne
Mr Wood		Mr Smyth
		Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the negative.

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