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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (21 April) . . Page.. 1048 ..

MR CORBELL (continuing):

(a) the Maunsell Study, particularly regarding the adequacy of the preliminary assessment and whether further environmental assessment of the proposed route is required, and the Government's response;

(b) other transport inquiries and studies held in the ACT, and the Government's response;

(c) the impact of the proposals on arterial roads;

(d) the desirability of improving the use of public transport and other non-car modes of transport;

(e) the desirability of reducing the number of vehicles needing to travel between Gungahlin and southern destinations;

(f) the desirability of siting an eastern ring road from Gungahlin and the Barton Highway to other parts of Canberra via an upgraded Majura Road;

(g) a cost-benefit analysis of the two options for the route of the Gungahlin Drive extension (John Dedman Parkway), to the east and west of the Australian Institute of Sport; and

(h) any other related matter;

(2) that the Government not proceed with proposals for the draft Variation to the Territory Plan for the Gungahlin Drive extension (John Dedman Parkway) until the Standing Committee on Urban Services has presented its report and the Government has tabled its response to the Committee's report in the Assembly.".

MR MOORE (Minister for Health and Community Care) (11.55): Mr Speaker, in the last Assembly I stood and made a statement on behalf of the Planning and Environment Committee on this very matter. The amendment put up by Mr Corbell to the motion of Ms Tucker is consistent with the unanimous recommendation of that committee in the formal statement made in the Assembly. Mr Speaker, it seems to me that we have an appropriate time now to consider this.

Members are conscious of the fact that, in light of a looming election, it is very difficult to consider an issue like this out of the political context. We know that committees work best when people put aside, as far as possible, their political hats and get on with the work that needs to be done. We know that within our committee system, Mr Speaker, people come from the party which was elected and with the platform which they represent, and we always take that into account. But, beyond that, committees in this

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