Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 14 Hansard (Wednesday, 18 November 2009) . . Page.. 5158 ..
think that if they name it right, market it right and advertise it right, it will somehow make up for the serious flaws that have been highlighted by Mr Coe. Not one speaker who has responded to Mr Coe’s motion has addressed any of the substance of what he has had to say—addressed any of the detailed substance that he has put forward in the media and that he has put forward here in significant detail.
Mr Coe has analysed these routes more than anyone in this place. Not one of the speakers who have come back has been able to debunk anything that he has said. Not one of them has said that there is anything incorrect. They might not like his conclusions, but there has been a distinct lack of facts on the other side of this debate.
It is worth going through what the Greens and the Labor Party are proposing to vote against before we go through the detailed facts that Mr Coe put on the table that have not in any way been refuted or debunked. What they are voting against today is all of these statements of fact:
(1) the ACT Government’s $1 million trial of Redex between Gungahlin and Kingston;
(2) that the Redex trial has already been scaled back and services from West Belconnen have been aborted;
(3) that Redex services travel on the same roads as existing bus services with little potential for time improvements;
(4) that routes 51, 52 or 59 provide fifty services a day between Gungahlin suburbs and the city;
(5) that for Gungahlin residents in Nicholls, Ngunnawal, Casey, Forde and Amaroo that use a route 51, 52 or 59 service, the travel and connection time to and from the city on a Redex service will exceed the travel time of these existing route services to and from the city for 92% of services …
Those are the facts that Mr Coe has put forward which the Labor Party and the Greens will be voting against. They have not been able to refute any of them. They have not been able to show where Mr Coe is wrong in any way.
It is worth again going through the facts that Mr Coe has put forward. Look at the morning services; go through the list, the detailed table that Mr Coe has brought together. If you go through the list, you will see that we have one that is 21 minutes slower under Redex—13 minutes slower, 11 minutes slower, 20 minutes slower, 11 minutes slower, five minutes, five minutes, five minutes slower, nine minutes slower. The list goes on. On this list, between 7.03 am and 9.24 am there are four that are faster. On the entire route, there are four that are faster.
Those are the details. Those are the facts that have been put forward and have not been refuted. They have not been refuted in any way. That is the point central to Mr Coe’s motion here today. It is central to the motion that what we have is a government, aided and abetted by the Greens, who will pretend to deliver. They will pretend to deliver. They believe that, if they give it a fancy name—Redex—and seek