Page 3896 - Week 09 - Thursday, 25 August 2011

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MR SPEAKER: Can we have the question again, please? I could not hear Mr Smyth over Mr Seselja.

MR SMYTH: Treasurer, what is the status of the review of ACTEW’s water pricing policy?

MR BARR: It is ongoing, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson, a supplementary?

MR HANSON: Minister, how will the government compensate for the reduced revenue it receives from ACTEW Corporation due to its lower profit level?

MR BARR: Those are matters that the government will consider in future budgets, Mr Speaker.

Transport—eastern regional task force

MS HUNTER: Thank you, Mr Speaker, and happy 40th birthday. My question is to the Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development and it concerns the eastern regional transport task force. What progress has been made in the past 12 months in discussions held by the eastern regional transport task force, in particular concerning transport services for the ACT and Queanbeyan?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Hunter for the question. The Chief Minister and I have been engaged in discussions with the Queanbeyan City Council about transport issues between the city of Queanbeyan and the city of Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory more broadly. Those discussions have been very constructive. As Ms Hunter would know, the key task that the government has agreed to from that task force is the development of options to upgrade Canberra Avenue to improve the public transit between Queanbeyan and the ACT. There is money appropriated in the budget to commence that work. That work and public consultation on it are now well underway.

In relation to further discussions, we continue to explore a range of other matters involving the improvement of transit connections between Canberra and Queanbeyan and transport connections more broadly. Those discussions remain very productive. But the priority at this point in time, and the money that has been allocated to implement action, is in relation to Canberra Avenue.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Hunter, a supplementary question.

MS HUNTER: Could you go into some detail about a work program, if there is one, for the eastern regional transport task force?

MR CORBELL: I am happy to take the question on notice and provide advice to the member.

MS BRESNAN: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

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