Page 3860 - Week 12 - Thursday, 29 October 2015

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MR CORBELL: It is a requirement for extending capital metro along London Circuit that we use a part of existing traffic lanes; that is correct.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will traffic congestion increase on London Circuit and on roads that feed on and off it as well?

MR CORBELL: A detailed analysis has been undertaken in relation to the performance of all intersections along London Circuit to make sure that it is within the capacity of the design of those intersections to accommodate those changes, and those conclusions have been appropriately drawn as a result of that analysis.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, will further studies on the effect of the Russell extension on the overall traffic model be completed by TAMS or the Capital Metro Agency in line with the recommendations from Parsons Brinckerhoff?

MR CORBELL: They have already been completed.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, is the Russell extension a fait accompli?

MR CORBELL: No, it is not. The government is very clear about its position in relation to the Russell extension and I reiterate it, again, for those opposite: we are looking closely at the opportunities that come from the potential expansion/extension of the capital metro project, from the Alinga Street stop through to the Russell Defence headquarters, along Constitution Avenue and London Circuit. We will make a decision as a government as to whether or not to proceed with an extension to Russell as part of stage one when we have concluded our assessment of the bids from the two short-listed consortia, which is due to occur early next year.


MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training. Minister, on 25 September you launched a new policy regarding school uniforms, especially for high schools. Can you outline to the Assembly the details of this policy and what it will mean for local public high schools and their students?

MS BURCH: I thank Ms Porter for the question. The new draft policy has been written to reflect the feedback from the parent community across our schools. I was very pleased to announce that high schools in the ACT will have a new uniform policy in place from the beginning of 2017.

This announcement stems from views expressed by parents and carers from ACT public schools via research conducted in 2014. Feedback from the survey strongly indicated parents would like to see uniforms worn and enforced at high schools.

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