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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2003 Week 14 Hansard (11 December) . . Page.. 5289 ..

Leave of absence

Motion (by Mr Wood ) agreed to:

That leave of absence from 12 December 2003 to 9 February 2004 inclusive be given to all Members.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

Road line markings

MR WOOD: At question time, Mrs Cross asked me about traffic arrangements in Phillip. The response is that the Melrose Drive on-road cycling project is planned for implementation in June 2004. As part of this project, the intersection of Melrose Drive and Parramatta Street is being modified to facilitate safe turning movements from Parramatta Street onto Melrose Drive.

The proposed changes at this intersection are being trialled for a period of two weeks, commencing on 1 December. Vehicles travelling southbound on Melrose Drive will be required to form one lane before the intersection with Parramatta Street. Temporary traffic management arrangements similar to those associated with roadworks will be implemented to indicate those changes. There are no changes to northbound traffic and other turning movements at this intersection.

Wide publicity was given to this trial. The traders and others in the area are not affected by it. Monitoring of the traffic behaviour was carried out regularly during the afternoon peak hours and the current traffic arrangements will be changed back to the original arrangements tomorrow-Friday, 12 December.

Public Accounts-Standing Committee

Statement by chair

MR SMYTH (Leader of the Opposition) (5.15): Pursuant to standing order 246A the Standing Committee on Public Accounts has resolved that I make the following statement concerning the inquiry into revenue raising issues in the ACT: on 22 May 2002, the Standing Committee on Public Accounts resolved to undertake an inquiry into revenue raising in the ACT. The committee advertised the inquiry in local print media and also invited individuals to lodge submissions. The committee received nine written submissions to the inquiry. Consequently three public hearings were held on 16 October 2002, 18 December 2002 and 30 April 2003, where the committee heard from the government, various community groups and individuals.

The committee was planning to table its report on the inquiry into revenue-raising issues in the ACT this sitting week but will not be able to do so. The inquiry into revenue-raising issues in the ACT encompasses many important issues the committee is still deliberating on. The committee will, if able, circulate its report out of session and present the report to the Legislative Assembly during the first week in 2004. Therefore, I seek leave to move a motion to authorise the committee to present its report to the Speaker while the Assembly is not sitting.

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