Page 903 - Week 03 - Tuesday, 20 March 2012

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Over and above everything else, we have to recognise that business as usual when it comes to investment in transport, business as usual when it comes to how we manage our transport network, will present this city with increased congestion. In fact, congestion will double over the next 20 or so years if we continue with a business as usual approach. So it is in all of our interests, whether we are motorists, whether we are public transport passengers, whether we are cycling or whether we are walking, to invest in sustainable transport and to get the policy settings right. And that is what this new transport for Canberra strategy does.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Minister, do you have community support for this strategy and in what ways will the people of Canberra benefit?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Hargreaves for the question. We have had strong support from a wide range of bodies and individuals across the ACT for the policy responses that I have just outlined. I have talked about what people raised in the public consultation process and how the government has heard that, responded to it and put it into its policy statement.

We saw yesterday, for example, the Heart Foundation come out and give the transport for Canberra strategy a very strong endorsement, an endorsement which said, “This is a strategy which is going to encourage more people to choose active transport, which is going to help tackle issues around obesity in our community and around other diseases associated with lifestyle choices in our community, and that is a good thing for the city.” They have welcomed that and they have endorsed it.

We have seen also the feedback that the Chief Minister and I heard as late as yesterday in the community roundtable she convened with public transport users. Again, the key issues were about connectivity. They were about how long you have to wait between services, the frequency of services and reliability. All of these are issues that we are tackling in the new transport for Canberra strategy. This policy framework is essential to inform the key decisions that will now need to be made around transport service delivery into the future.

MS GALLAGHER: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.


Interpretation of standing orders

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I ask for your ruling on what the nature of a private note is, or private notes. When, under standing order 213, I asked Dr Bourke to table the document he was quoting from, his initial response was that it was a private note and that it therefore did not need to be tabled. The document that he tabled is certainly not a private note.

It is a public document. It is a document prepared by his department and probably is a question time brief. If members are going to claim things are private notes, I would

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