Page 2407 - Week 06 - Thursday, 23 June 2011

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Mr Corbell: I am sorry. I cannot hear you.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, you need to speak into your microphone.

MS LE COUTEUR: Sorry, I will try again. There is no public transport provision. Therefore, does this imply that you are planning for low public transport usage at destinations on this road, such as those covered in the eastern broadacre study, such as the airport?

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: The question was not to you, Mr Coe.

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. The fact is that a significant employment hub has been established at the airport. It has been established despite concerns raised by the government about the fact that a large employment hub has been created in a manner that has not been able to be supported by public transport in the same way that that sort of development in our town centres could have been.

Nevertheless, it has happened. So we need to respond to it and the government is investing additional service delivery for the airport in terms of public transport. We will continue to identify the best ways of doing it. But the fact is that the development and the location of that employment at the airport does present particular challenges in the context of the structure of Canberra.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, can you explain why, before the election in 2008, the government listed light rail as its number one bid to Infrastructure Australia, yet by July 2010 it had dropped from your list of priorities completely?

MR CORBELL: Because Infrastructure Australia rejected the proposal.

Planning—Scullin shops

DR BOURKE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Unlike Mrs Dunne, I am keen to advocate for community facilities in my electorate of Ginninderra—

MR SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, one moment, thank you. The references to Mrs Dunne are unwelcome in the question. Let’s leave it out.

Mr Corbell: References to Mrs Dunne are always unwelcome.

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Corbell. Dr Bourke, let us start the question again without the reference.

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