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Mr Pratt referred to black spots. We receive federal funding assistance to actually address those black spots. Quite frankly, Mr Speaker, the black spots are not on a major stretch of highway. They are usually at intersections or around bends. However, we do address those, and all of our black spot areas are mobile speed van sites—every one of them.

I reiterate again that I take Mr Pratt’s point about the Long Gully Road. We do, as I say, have a mobile speed van presence, we do have police presence, but I will actually ask my department to consider that one when they allocate localities. Mr Speaker, Mr Pratt continually fails to understand this: I do not direct the locality of speed camera sites. I do not do that.

Mr Pratt: Why didn’t your department put the first fixed camera there?

MR HARGREAVES: I always rely on the department of road safety experts to do that and to make sure that there is no political interference.

Mr Pratt: That’s it.

MR SPEAKER: You are on a warning, Mr Pratt.

MR HARGREAVES: If there was, I would be putting one—

Mr Pratt: Sorry, I must have missed that, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: No, that is from now.

MR HARGREAVES: If there was, I would be putting a fixed speed camera sign at the bottom of his driveway to match the police officer.

Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Gentleman for his motion. The government recognises that road safety is an enormously important issue for the ACT community. In April this year I launched the ACT road safety strategy for the period 2007 to 2010, which incorporates the ACT road safety action plan for 2007 and 2008. For the information of members, a copy can be found at the TAMS website, which is

This strategy outlines the government’s approach to addressing ACT road safety issues and complements efforts at the national level through the national road safety strategy and action plan. The ACT strategy focuses on applying the four Es of road safety—education, encouragement, engineering and enforcement. This is developed in partnership with the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust to deal with ACT road safety issues in an integrated way.

Some key elements of the ACT strategy and action plan include the development and implementation of new awareness campaigns and engineering programs to address key road safety issues; maintenance of levels of traffic enforcement by ACT Policing, complemented by the ACT traffic camera program; and improved road safety coordination and support arrangements. Other key issues identified in the strategy are

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