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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2015 Week 12 Hansard (Tuesday, 27 October 2015) . . Page.. 3621 ..

support the most disadvantaged in our community. Transport Canberra and the transport improvement plan will help us keep our—

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Mr Hanson!

MR BARR: city as the most liveable in the world.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Dr Bourke.

DR BOURKE: Chief Minister, what are the direct benefits for territory travellers in having an integrated transport network?

MR BARR: I thank Dr Bourke for the supplementary question. Canberrans should be able to move around their city easily, and the quality of life that Canberrans enjoy comes from long-term planning decisions that invest in the future of our city. We need to take the next step to stop congestion and wasting time.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, I warn you.

MR BARR: We have a choice, Madam Speaker. We can continue down a path and end up like Sydney or we can take an alternative approach. That is what we are doing here with our transport improvement plan. Public transport will be a real option in our city and provide a service that is customer friendly, easy to use and stress free.

Importantly, that means one ticket across all of our transport services. It means being able to step off a suburban bus and straight onto a light rail service to get where you want to go. The introduction of light rail will be a significant step for the territory and shows that we are willing and able to make the investments now to ensure that Canberrans can move effectively around our city and that we can maintain our high quality of life and our city’s livability.

That is why this investment is important now. That is why this is a holistic transport plan that accompanies the range of other important policy reforms that we have announced in recent weeks and months across the range of transport services and transport infrastructure in this city, including ride sharing, walking and cycling, and now buses and light rail—the most comprehensive transport plan for Canberra delivered by this government at this time, the right time to invest to ensure that Canberra remains the most livable city in the world.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Ms Porter.

MS PORTER: Chief Minister, how will the transport improvement plan and the integrated transport network provide a genuine alternative to driving for more Canberrans?

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