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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 10 Hansard (Thursday, 28 August 2008) . . Page.. 4010 ..

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The premise of the questions is incorrect. ACT Labor introduced the Sustainable Transport Plan in 2004 and released the Integrated Transport Framework in August 2006. These two plans should be compared to the Transport Plan of the Greens which amounts to 8 beliefs and 7 wants outlined in a single page without any detail or explanation of how these were determined. Or ACT Labor’s plans could be compared to the Liberal Party Transport Policy which has not been made public if it exists at all.

Further, there have been two joint communiqués issued on the National Transport Plan and Policy Framework and it is unclear as to which Dr Foskey has referred to. I require clarification on the question before I can provide a meaningful response.

(2) The ACT Government did not hold the responsibility for developing policy around social inclusion for transport as part of the proposed National Transport Policy Framework. This task was referred to the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Social Inclusion, the Hon Julia Gillard MP for her consideration.

(3) Yes. However, again the premise of the question is wrong because Gungahlin Drive and Tuggeranong Parkway are peripheral freeways and assist the traffic be distributed away from Canberra central areas and therefore do not possess the characteristics of effective public transport corridors. Introduction of bus lanes are best provided along the established public transport corridors in the Plan.

Transport—public infrastructure
(Question No 2153)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 6 August 2008:

(1) Can the Minister provide the annual figures of ACT public transport use from 1996 to 2008 compared to Australia’s other capital cities;

(2) Can the Minister provide the details of the annual expenditure on infrastructure to support bus travel from 2004-05 to 2008-09 including (a) expenditure on public transport infrastructure including bus shelters and bus interchanges, (b) bike and car park and ride facilities and (c) patrons’ services such as SMS and telephone answering services;

(3) Can the Minister provide the details of annual on road engineering improvements from 2004-05 to 2008-09, including the (a) number and length of priority bus lanes added to the road system and (b) number and location of bus priority intersections and traffic signals added to the road system.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. The comparison of ACT public transport use with other Australian capital cities is done based on the ABS census data. Therefore, the comparison can be done on the census years of 1996, 2001 and 2006 and for work related travel.

The table below compares public transport use (%) for different cities:

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