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… the provision of real time information was a further demonstration that the Government was fulfilling its election commitment to implement the sustainable transport plan.

That was a media release on the 2005-06 budget. How do we know that we are not going to have to wait for another five years before it is actually delivered?

MR CORBELL: The delivery of real-time information, as members would be aware, was delayed because of problems with the ticketing system. The ticketing system in 2005-06 needed to be updated first, prior to real-time being rolled out. The fact is that this project is a concrete demonstration of the government’s commitment to improving public transport in the city. It is simply part of a package that is worth over $100 million, which includes a major upgrade of our bus fleet and major improvements in public transport infrastructure, such as the new Belconnen interchange arrangements, upgrades to dedicated right-of-way through City West and improvements in the ticketing system.

This government is making major investments in public transport. It has been the only government in Canberra prepared to set out a detailed public transport strategy for the city. It has been the only government in the history of self-government prepared to make major investments in public transport, and we will continue to do so because investments in public transport are all about making it easier to move around the city. It is all about making sure that we have an efficient transport infrastructure. It is all about making sure that when the bus runs on time, everybody wins.

MR HARGREAVES: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, when will the system be rolled out?

MR CORBELL: The request for tender for the supply, installation and ongoing maintenance of the system is expected at the end of this calendar year. Installation of the system is expected to commence by mid-2012, with the system becoming fully operational by 2013.

Ms Gallagher: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.

Mr Brendan Smyth

Motion of censure

MR BARR (Molonglo—Deputy Chief Minister, Treasurer, Minister for Economic Development, Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation) (2.39), by leave: I move:

That this Assembly censures Mr Smyth for his misleading comments in his media release “Gallagher to be examined for improper conduct” and subsequent public comments relating to the establishment, by this Assembly, of a Select Committee on Privileges on 20 September 2011.

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