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MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Porter for her question. It is quite important that we have an integrated transport network. The opportunity through this transport announcement today means that we can integrate public transport right across the territory. You will be able to have one service looking after territorians throughout Canberra. They will be able to use their own particular MyWay card in this instance to operate both light rail and bus transport across the city.
MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Ms Fitzharris.
MS FITZHARRIS: Minister, how can the community have their say on the proposed light rail network?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Ms Fitzharris for her interest in public transport across the territory. The government is eager for the community to have their say on light rail, the network. Also, community consultation is underway until 11 December.
In particular, we would like to know where the community thinks the light rail network should go next. Which corridor should be built next, and why? Are there additional benefits and opportunities in particular corridors? Should the light rail network expansion be based on serving the needs of commuters or on intensifying public transport use closer to our major businesses, government employment centres and tourist areas?
To provide input into the consultation process, you can take the survey, which is on line, or participate in the online forum, both of which are available at haveyoursay.capitalmetro.act.gov.au. In addition to the survey and forum, as we move forward in the development of the plan, there will be opportunities to attend community forums and have your say through other channels.
We look forward to hearing the views of Canberrans on this important city-building infrastructure project.
Mr Barr: I ask that all further questions be placed on the notice paper.
Supplementary answers to questions without notice
MR RATTENBURY: Earlier today in question time, Mr Coe asked me when I first became aware of UnionsACT ads on ACTION buses. I can inform the Assembly that I was first made aware of the ads on 30 June 2015. At that time, the ads were already in place on the ACTION buses, having been approved by Go Transit, the company that has the contract to manage ACTION’s advertising program. The ads were drawn to my attention by a senior official in TAMS. At that point, they sought my views on the policy, and I indicated my views stated earlier today—that I believe there is a difference between advertising of registered political parties and issue-based advertising. ACTION now has a clear policy position that issue-based advertising by third-party organisations should be allowed unless it is contrary to other elements of ACTION’s advertising policy.