Page 2617 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 7 August 2013

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MR COE: Why was at-grade light rail chosen as the mode for capital metro?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mr Coe for the question. At grade is the most cost-effective option. At this stage we believe it to be the most cost-effective option. I assume the question relates to whether it should be at-grade or whether it should be elevated. I assume that is the subtext to the question. Issues around elevation do bring their own costs, but we will test these assumptions further as we work through the further development of the project and finalise our assessment of the final preferred design outcome.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: When were plans for bus rapid transit abandoned? What was the basis for that decision?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Corbell, the Minister for Environment and Sustainable Development.

MR CORBELL: Is that—I ask for your guidance, Madam Speaker. Is that a supplementary to the previous question? The previous question was about elevation and alignment. Now it is a question about bus rapid transit. Is it consistent with the substantive question?

MADAM SPEAKER: The first question was about at-grade in relation to capital metro—

MR CORBELL: That is correct.

MADAM SPEAKER: which is why I asked Mr Coe to repeat it because I did not hear what he said. Supplementary questions from matters really are—

Mr Coe: Just to shed some light on this, the question was: why was at-grade light rail taken as the mode for capital metro. Therefore, bus rapid transit is another mode. So that is the link to the primary question.

Mr CORBELL: I have taken a point of order, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: On the point of order, the supplementary question is in order because it relates to the mode of transportation. The first question was about light rail. The second part is about bus rapid transport.

MR CORBELL: Thank you, Madam Speaker. The government took the decision about preferred mode in the lead-up to last year’s election and we announced it during the election as part of our election policy.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, what advice has been received from Infrastructure Australia about the capital metro project?

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