Page 3753 - Week 12 - Wednesday, 28 October 2015
MR BARR: I enjoy the irony of a question from the Liberals on active travel given that they are actively opposed to any improvement in transport in this city and demonstrate that time and time again with their carping, negative attitude towards this government’s agenda to improve transport options. But in the spirit in which Mr Doszpot raises the question—with not even a hint of the irony associated with a question from the Liberal Party on active transport—the answer is yes, of course this government supports active transport options. We are actively investing in active transport options and we will continue to actively campaign for better transport options in this city.
Mr Coe: A point of order.
MADAM SPEAKER: A point of order, Mr Coe.
Mr Coe: Madam Speaker, Mr Doszpot’s question was specifically about infrastructure by way of pedestrian and bike linkages in Giralang, and the Chief Minister has not yet been relevant.
MADAM SPEAKER: I was contemplating that when the Chief Minister was speaking. I ask the Chief Minister to accord with the standing orders and be directly relevant to the question and relate his answer to pedestrian and bike linkages in Giralang.
MR BARR: As I was saying, Madam Speaker, before everyone opposite stopped listening, yes, the government is actively supporting active transport options, and we will continue to actively engage in the debate over the provision of active transport. We will continue to actively deliver active transport options in the city. When compared with the policy approach of those opposite, it is clear that the progressive side of politics in this city is the only side of politics—
MADAM SPEAKER: Be careful or I might exercise my options of sitting you down.
MR BARR: prepared to invest in active travel.
MADAM SPEAKER: Be directly relevant.
MR BARR: Be it in Giralang or anywhere in this city, there is one side of politics prepared to invest, and that is this side of the chamber. (Time expired.)
MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and also the member for Molonglo. Minister, as you would be aware, the residents in Oaks Estate, which is in your electorate, have been agitating for a number of services and recently received a $20,000 grant for the construction of public toilets in Gillespie Park, Oaks Estate, under the federal government’s stronger communities program, which requires matching dollar-for-dollar or an in-kind commitment. Minister, will you provide the additional $20,000 for this community to be able to take up the grant awarded by the federal government?