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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (10 March) . . Page.. 547 ..



committees for this Assembly. Without labouring the point too much, Mr Speaker, the whole point of that system was to shadow the activities of Ministers to a greater degree and to clearly set out the responsibilities where issues lay. It seems to me, Mr Speaker, to be pretty logical when the Minister for Urban Services has responsibility for this Bill that it go to the Urban Services Committee. I will not labour the point any more; but, quite clearly, the proposal of my colleague Mr Hargreaves is the most appropriate course of action.

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services) (4.59): Mr Speaker, I take the opportunity to mirror what Mr Corbell has said. I am the Minister responsible for the Act. It is most appropriately dealt with in the Urban Services Committee. To allay some of Mr Rugendyke's fears, my understanding of the proposal is that more major rather than suburban roads would not be affected, so some of the main thoroughfares that have a speed limit of 60 kilometres per hour would not be affected. It is actually streets in the suburbs that would be looked at with a view to reducing them from 60 to 50 kilometres per hour. That is one of the things that need to be looked at, understood and studied. We support the referral of the Bill to the Urban Services Committee.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


MR SPEAKER: Order! It being 5.00 pm, I propose the question:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 5.00 pm

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Acknowledgement of Country

We acknowledge the Ngunnawal people as traditional custodians of the Canberra region. It is also an important meeting place for other Aboriginal peoples. We respect their continuing cultures and value the contribution they make to life in the ACT.