Page 3902 - Week 09 - Thursday, 25 August 2011

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video

That has been reflected in a very significant decrease—up to 25 per cent—on a couple of key transport corridors during the peak hour last Monday.

MR COE: Supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, do you believe that the bus service is good enough, especially for those in outer suburbs, to actually call upon all Canberrans in the outer suburbs to use a bus rather than drive their cars?

Dr Bourke: Point of order, Mr Speaker. Mr Coe has asked for an opinion, contravening the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: The question is in order. I think that the practice of this place is that questions of that nature are regularly asked and allowed in the Assembly. Mr Corbell, you have the floor.

MR CORBELL: The frequency of public transport services is an area where the government continue to work on improvements. We have excellent frequencies along the transit corridors between our town centres. We have frequencies of five minutes or so throughout the day, extended from the early morning until well into each evening. But we do need to continue to work on improving frequencies for the connections from the rapid transit corridor out into the suburban environment. That is a real challenge for the city and for all governments.

As the new minister responsible for this area, I have already had discussions with ACTION and Territory and Municipal Services about future network planning. In my view, there is more work that we can do to improve our network planning to address some of the problems in connections between suburban services and those high-frequency route services between the town centres and Civic. If we do that, we break down one of the barriers that do exist on different routes and at different times in terms of connections between suburban services and those high-frequency services. That is very much a strong focus for me as the responsible minister.

Bimberi Youth Justice Centre—alleged bullying

MR COE: My question is for the Minister for Community Services. Minister, yesterday in question time your colleague Mr Hargreaves asked you a supplementary question in relation to allegations of bullying and coercion associated with Bimberi and the report of the Human Rights Commission inquiry into youth justice in the ACT. You responded:

I have not had anyone in my office come to visit me personally on this matter. The unions have not raised it with me, and family members have not approached me directly on this matter.

Minister, Mr Hargreaves’s question appeared to be broadly based, but your answer appeared to be limited to people in your office or the unions or family members. So, minister, I ask you this question in the broader sense: has any person at all, whether in

Next page . . . . Previous page . . . . Speeches . . . . Contents . . . . Debates(HTML) . . . . PDF . . . . Video