Page 385 - Week 01 - Thursday, 16 February 2012

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Increased efficiency and convenience for businesses will be enhanced with a 24-hour online business name registration system for businesses that operate outside normal business hours or who do their administrative work outside of those hours. Business owners will be able to register their business names at the same time as they apply for an ABN, with information being pre-filled from one registration to the other.

I take the opportunity to provide a revised explanatory statement to the bill, which incorporates some minor editorial changes from the one presented when the bill was first introduced.

Increased efficiency, convenience and national consistency will be achieved by this bill. I am confident that this bill will benefit ACT businesses and the community and will also potentially attract new businesses to the territory. I commend the bill to the Assembly.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill agreed to in principle.

Leave granted to dispense with the detail stage.

Bill agreed to.

Roads—T2 lanes

Statement by minister

MS GALLAGHER (Molonglo—Chief Minister, Minister for Health and Minister for Territory and Municipal Services) (5.15), by leave: I rise to make a statement regarding reinstatement of the T2 lane on Adelaide Avenue, pursuant to the resolution of 16 November 2011. It gives me pleasure today to report back to the Assembly on the work that the government is doing in relation to the motion of the Assembly in relation to bus lanes and T2 and T3 lanes, and to respond to some concerns the Assembly had back in November, in relation to Adelaide Avenue.

It is interesting that the work is confirming exactly what the government has always thought—that it is best to base decisions on evidence, rather than on intuition or a hunch or a bit of radio talkback.

My report to the Assembly on these matters today is set in the context of the government’s transport strategy, “Transport for Canberra”, which details the government’s approach to planning and delivering transport for Canberra.

Our policies are designed to create a safer, more efficient, more sustainable, more equitable city. These include a network of “rapid” corridors, on which public transport will be given priority over general traffic; and a “travel demand management” approach, which means traffic lane space should be prioritised to move more passengers with less congestion rather than simply managing the number of vehicles per lane. This approach encourages car-pooling.

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