Page 1953 - Week 07 - Wednesday, 3 June 2015

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resilient to challenges, less car dominated, and more environmentally friendly. As I have pointed out before, the report last year from the Economist Intelligence Unit highlighted that eight of the top 10 most livable cities in the world have light rail networks. If we want to stay livable, we need to adapt to growth and change or our livability will trickle away.

Light rail represents change. Our city will change with light rail in a way that allows us to adapt to future challenges, like our growing population. Fundamentally, I think it might be this idea of change that makes the Liberal Party most indignant. Their vision seems to be a static one: keep Canberra exactly as it is and continue with car dominance, road building, sprawl and congestion regardless of the fact that this will undoubtedly diminish Canberrans’ quality of life over time.

The reality is that it is foolish and myopic to try and stay in a static bubble. We either change and adapt to ensure that we remain socially, economically and environmentally successful or the world will change around us and Canberra will suffer.

Debate interrupted in accordance with standing order 74 and the resumption of the debate made an order of the day for a later hour.

Sitting suspended from 12.33 to 2.30 pm.

Answer to question on notice

Question No 412

MR CORBELL: Madam Speaker, I seek your indulgence to correct an answer that I provided to a question on notice.

MADAM SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Corbell.

MR CORBELL: It has been brought to my attention that an answer provided to Mr Hanson to question on notice 412 contains three errors in relation to bed numbers for the years 2007-08 and 2009-10. The ACT Health Directorate have advised me that ACT Health’s 2013-14 annual report and the December 2014 quarterly report bed numbers are correct and match the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s national publications. The figures which are incorrect are those which were in the answer to the question on notice. These figures relate to bed numbers for the 2009-10 financial year, where the correct number is 907, not 912; 2008-09, where the correct number is 875, not 876; and 2007-08, where the correct number is 851, not 830. I apologise for this error on the part of my directorate and I will be providing an amended response to the question on notice as quickly as possible.

Questions without notice

MADAM SPEAKER: I notice I did not get the mail about the dress code for ladies in the chamber today, but we will fix that on future occasions. It is a note of levity; it is not a criticism. Ms Lawder and Ms Fitzharris are wearing the same thing. I call the Leader of the Opposition on a question without notice.

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