Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 2 Hansard (20 February) . . Page.. 435 ..
MR CORBELL (continuing):
current public transport system. That is what the study is about. That is the forward-thinking approach we are seeking to bring to this debate. I would welcome members' involvement in this debate, and indeed in the study once it gets under way.
I need to stress that this is only part of the government's solution to public transport. We are already committed to removing the unfair and inequitable zonal fare system introduced by the Liberal Party. That system made it cheaper for someone in Gungahlin to drive their car to Civic and pay for parking than it did to catch a bus. What a grossly unfair and inequitable system. What a grossly inadequate and contradictory way to encourage the use of public transport. That is why we are moving to abolish the zonal fare system and replace it with a single fare across the city in a way that will encourage people, at least in economic terms, to consider public transport as a viable alternative.
The government will not be supporting the motion moved by Mrs Cross, and I urge members to consider the amendment I have foreshadowed. I now move the following amendment:
Omit all words after "Minister" and substitute the following words:
"provide to all Members of the Assembly the terms of reference of the Governments proposed study into future public transport options, including light rail, for Canberra, before the study commences.".
MRS DUNNE (5.26): Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance. An amendment has already been circulated in my name.
MR SPEAKER: I have to deal with Mr Corbell's amendment first.
MRS DUNNE: While speaking to that amendment, can I foreshadow mine?
MR SPEAKER: You can foreshadow it.
MRS DUNNE: I rise to oppose Mr Corbell's amendment, because it does not go to the heart of what Mrs Cross' motion is about. Mrs Cross' motion is about consulting this Assembly, not individual members of the Assembly. In question time today, Mr Minister, when answering Ms Dundas' question, you said that you expected to receive draft terms of reference soon. I would think the sitting pattern would be such that you should be, as you said today, open, consultative and transparent-you ticked them off-and should be prepared to consult this Assembly on this matter. I propose that we oppose Mr Corbell's amendment and support the amendment I have circulated.
That Mr Corbell's amendment be agreed to.
The bells being rung-
Ms Tucker: Mr Speaker, am I able to ask for clarification on process?
MR SPEAKER: Yes. We are just about to count the votes in favour of and against Mr Corbell's amendment.