Page 2392 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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In relation to modal shift targets overall, the way to achieve improved modal shifts is to continue to focus on opportunities to improve the delivery of public transport provision in the city. That is what the government is doing. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker, Minister, what analysis have you specifically done on the impact that building a new Majura freeway will have on Canberra’s 40 per cent greenhouse gas reduction target? What is the impact it will have?

MR CORBELL: We do not anticipate any further deterioration in relation to modal shift as a result of this road. This road is about dealing with—

Ms Le Couteur: Point of order, Mr Speaker. I asked about greenhouse gas, not modal shift.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker. The original question was on public transport.

Ms Le Couteur: No, it was not.

MR SPEAKER: Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe, thank you!

Mr Hargreaves: The original question was not about Majura Parkway. It was about public transport—the original question.

MR SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Mr Hargreaves, because the standing order allows supplementaries to be evolved out of the answers as well. The minister has clearly spoken about the Majura Parkway. Minister Corbell, you have the floor.

MR CORBELL: The point I was making, Mr Speaker, is that the government does not in any way believe that construction of the Majura Parkway will lead to any change in modal shift. That is not what the project is about. It will not therefore be a material factor in relation to greenhouse gas emissions in the city. The fact is that the modal shift will change as a result of other factors. This project is not about achieving modal shift. To suggest otherwise is just wrong.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Ms Porter?

MS PORTER: Minister, how does the population density of the ACT compare with a similar area in Sydney, for example, from Hornsby to Sutherland, in terms of providing public transport and the use of the car?

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