Page 2582 - Week 09 - Tuesday, 11 August 2015

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Mr Smyth: On a point of order—

MR BARR: stuck in the 1950s on social policy and out there with the far right.


Mr Smyth: Under standing order 118(b) I ask you to draw the member’s attention to the standing order and bring him back to the question.

MADAM SPEAKER: I think it was fair cop, really, in the context of the debate and the interjection today. Have you concluded your answer, Mr Barr?



MS FITZHARRIS: My question is to the minister for roads. How is the government planning the territory’s roads for the future?

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Gentleman, Minister for—

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Smyth! Can I get a sentence out today without somebody interjecting? It is going to be a very long week, and somebody is going to take a march fairly soon if you do not come to order. I call the Minister for Roads and Parking, Mr Gentleman.

MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her question. Planning the territory’s roads is a key part of building an integrated transport network. Integrated transport networks shape the way cities grow and prosper by ensuring good mobility, generating economic opportunities and jobs and by providing vibrant and attractive social environments for residents and visitors in the territory. This government also recognises the importance of this for the ACT and is actively planning and delivering road infrastructure to meet the needs of our growing city now and into the future.

In recent years the government has done a lot of work to ensure that we have the right transport and planning strategies to guide the development of our city. Transport for Canberra and the ACT planning strategy work together to ensure that, over time, we build an integrated transport network. Transport for Canberra sets the direction for planning an integrated transport network to 2031. It identifies the strategic public transport and road network, which comprise the major public transport corridors, which prioritise public transport, and major arterial corridors, which prioritise cars and freight vehicles in those corridors.

For example, the completion of the Majura Parkway will provide quick and easy access to northern, central and southern Canberra for cars and the major freight precinct for freight vehicles. This will help alleviate traffic along Northbourne

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