Page 74 - Week 01 - Tuesday, 27 November 2012

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But let us be very clear. We need a project like this to change the way people think about their transport choices. We need to give Canberrans better transport choices. We need to make sure our transport system—(Time expired.)

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Jones.

MRS JONES: Minister, can you provide a guarantee that not one bus driver will lose their job as a result of building a light rail system?

MADAM SPEAKER: I apologise Mrs Jones; I called you Ms Jones.

MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Jones for her question, her first question in this place, and it is a very simple answer—no bus driver will lose their job as a result of the development of the light rail network. In fact, what it means is that we will continue to see growth—we will need to continue to see growth—in ACTION’s operations as we continue to improve frequency and reliability of the suburban bus network.

This is not an either/or proposition. This is not about light rail or buses; this is about both. This is about providing better transport choices for Canberrans. This is about making sure we continue to improve frequency and reliability in the suburban bus services that will connect to the rapid corridor. That is this government’s objective.

Schools—Gonski review

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. In the Labor-Greens parliamentary agreement, point 4 on page 6 states:

In the event that “Better Schools” is not legislated by the Commonwealth Parliament prior to the 2013 Federal Election:

a) Progressively move away from the AGSRC, in consultation with the education sector;

b) Progressively move to needs based funding, based on the models of loading identified in the Gonski review …

Minister, can you guarantee that not one non-government school in the ACT will lose a dollar of funding in real terms as a result of this policy?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question on education. This government I think has shown over the last four years and certainly through our election commitments that we support needs-based funding. That is why in the parliamentary agreement if the better schools reform that flows from the Gonski review is not delivered we will continue to work with school systems, government and non-government, to make sure that they are funded on need. You will note our election commitments where we provided significant support for those children in need in non-government schools.

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