Page 3046 - Week 10 - Wednesday, 14 August 2013

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With respect to funding for this scheme it now has a dedicated funding stream through the increase to the Medicare levy from 1.5 per cent to two per cent. Legislation was passed in the federal parliament on 16 May 2013. The ACT will be the first jurisdiction to accept all eligible residents into the scheme. By July 2016 all ACT residents with significant and permanent disability—about 5,000 people—will be covered by this scheme and it will be phased in over two years, with 2,500 eligible people transitioning from July 2014 to June 2015 and around another 2,500 transitioning to DisabilityCare Australia from July 2015 to June 2016.

Ms Burch also talked about empowerment of women, in particular, addressing violence against women. She also talked about women in non-traditional trades, which is a very important step this government has been taking.

I commend this motion to the Assembly and thank all my Labor colleagues for their input into this debate.

Motion agreed to.

Roads—traffic management

MR COE (Ginninderra) (5.34): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) poor coordination and planning of road works has meant that several key road works projects have occurred in the ACT simultaneously with negative impacts on commuters;

(b) temporary speed limits are often implemented too early or at times when no construction work is taking place which diminishes confidence in the temporary speed limits which are justified;

(c) speed limits across the ACT are complicated and often seem inconsistent to motorists;

(d) many roads have speed limits that are poorly signposted which can lead motorists to a perception of entrapment; and

(e) there has been considerable community concern about the Government’s implementation of speed cushions and other traffic calming devices; and

(2) calls on the Government to:

(a) develop road, parking, cycling, pedestrian and public transport infrastructure before existing infrastructure reaches capacity;

(b) ensure that road works are undertaken in a coordinated fashion;

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