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Tuesday, 15 February 2011

MR SPEAKER (Mr Rattenbury) took the chair at 10 am, made a formal recognition that the Assembly was meeting on the lands of the traditional owners and asked members to stand in silence and pray or reflect on their responsibilities to the people of the Australian Capital Territory.


The following petition was lodged for presentation, by Mr Rattenbury, from 79 residents:

Cycling and walking projects—petition No 116

To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory.

This petition of certain residents of the Australian Capital Territory draws to the attention of the Assembly that the ACT Government’s current Cycling and Walking Infrastructure report favours expensive projects ahead of projects that offer better value for money.

The report’s flawed and illogical analysis gives the $0.2 million Civic Cycle Loop only 29 points for cost-effectiveness, while the $17 million Fyshwick-to-airport bike path gets 500,000 points, even though it will serve only 34 people.

Your petitioners therefore request that the Assembly give funding priority to cycling and walking projects that offer good value for money, using a recognised cost-benefit method such as dividing the sum of a project’s benefits by the sum of its costs.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petition would be recorded in Hansard and a copy referred to the appropriate minister for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petition was received.


Ministerial responses

The Clerk: The following responses to petitions have been lodged by ministers:

By Mr Corbell, Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, dated 14 February 2011, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Le Couteur on 7 December 2010 concerning battery recycling.

The terms of the response will be recorded in Hansard.

Recycling—batteries and light bulbs—petition No 115

The response read as follows:

I refer to a letter of 7 December 2010 from Mr Max Kiermaier, Acting Clerk to Mr Jon Stanhope MLA, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, regarding

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