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will be talked down; and people will try to blow up small matters like the appointment of a communications director into a front-page story.
But at the end of the day, this project will be successful. It will be successful because it is the right thing to do. It is the right thing for future generations of this city. It will give us the opportunity to change the way the city operates. It will encourage us to meet our priorities around urban renewal, about promoting liveability in the city, about making sure that our community is living healthy lifestyles, and about growing our economy. It ticks the boxes in each one of those priorities. Some tripartisan support for this project, to give it the best shot it has from the get-go, would be most welcome.
DR BOURKE (Ginninderra) (11.03): Madam Deputy Speaker, I, like you, happily, have Ginninderra constituents in west Gungahlin, east of Gungahlin Drive, who will benefit directly from capital metro and are looking forward to it. Some are within walking or cycling distance of the planned Gungahlin town centre stops. They will also be able to bus to it or use park-and-ride facilities.
However, it is not just people who will ride the light rail who will benefit from it. Capital metro also promises to benefit all Canberrans, with the economic activity generated along its route, the different styles—
Mr Hanson interjecting—
DR BOURKE: What is that?
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Dr Bourke, do not respond to things that are said across the chamber.
Mr Hanson: I did not say anything across the chamber.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Address your comments to the chair, thank you.
DR BOURKE: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. Capital metro also promises to benefit all Canberrans, with the economic activity generated along its corridor, the different lifestyles new developments there will offer, and the lessening of the dependence—
DR BOURKE: Point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. I am having difficulty speaking with this constant interjection and conversation coming from across the chamber.
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: Thank you, Dr Bourke.
Mr Smyth: On the point of order—
MADAM DEPUTY SPEAKER: On the point of order.