Page 1042 - Week 04 - Tuesday, 24 March 2015

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MR COE: Minister, do you accept that situations like this erode confidence in the public transport system?

MR RATTENBURY: What a situation like this does is to underline the lack of flexibility available to the government in the operation of the ACTION transport network. The community can have confidence that the government is being up-front with them. This is more than 4½ weeks away. That does include two weeks of school holidays. But that is why the announcement has gone out today, before people leave for school holidays—because it is the first day of the next term for private schools, the non-government schools. I think people can have confidence that the government has been up-front with them about what is possible and what services will be provided on Monday, 27 April.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will you allow for discounted rates for any schools that wish to charter a bus to collect students, drop them off and pick them up from school?

MR RATTENBURY: I will be more than happy to have discussions with schools about a range of options. What I can indicate to the Assembly is that Monday, 27 April will be a fare-free day on ACTION, in recognition of the fact that the government is not able to provide a full network that day. That is, I guess, an act to acknowledge some of the inconvenience that could result to commuters.

The government has also made the offer to all schools affected by this that are operating on that day—

Members interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, members! We would like to hear Mr Rattenbury’s answer.

MR RATTENBURY: If they think they will need assistance with managing traffic, due to additional car traffic that day, the government will seek to assist them. Where schools have other ideas, the government is happy to try and work with them in order to deal with the logistical issues that are going to arise, potentially, on that day.

Canberra Hospital—planning

MR COE: Madam Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Health concerning master planning at the Canberra Hospital site. Minister, is the Aurora Projects “concept master plan” prepared in 2012 the current master plan for the Canberra Hospital campus?

MR CORBELL: I understand that a master plan was prepared around that time, and I am further advised by Health that it is proposing to update that master plan due to developments at the Canberra Hospital campus.

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