Page 4018 - Week 13 - Tuesday, 17 November 2015
MR CORBELL: Of course I do not have administrative responsibility for transport for Canberra and in relation to the other part of Mr Wall’s question the answer is no.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.
MR WALL: I will direct the question again, and ask the supplementary. Minister, are we seeing the same problems that plagued transport for Canberra materialise with capital metro? Given that you have failed to ensure that the transport for Canberra working implementation group continued to meet as required, how can Canberrans trust that you can deliver a $783 million light rail network?
MR CORBELL: The answer to the first part of Mr Wall’s question is, as I stated in my earlier answer, no. In relation to the second part of his question, I simply direct Mr Wall to each of the milestones that have been in place for the capital metro project and state clearly and unequivocally that all of them have been met by the Capital Metro Agency to date, and I look forward to continuing to meet them. In particular, I look forward to advising Mr Wall of the government’s decision on the selection of a preferred bidder to build light rail for Canberra.
MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.
MR COE: Minister, why didn’t the government ensure that the transport for Canberra implementation working group was meeting as required?
MR CORBELL: I do not have portfolio responsibility for that matter.
MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Coe, a supplementary question.
MR COE: Minister, how can Canberrans have trust and confidence in your government given the issues that have plagued transport for Canberra?
MR CORBELL: I have not had responsibility for transport policy since 2012, so those opposite may wish to update their knowledge of the administrative arrangement orders.
MR SMYTH: My question is to the Minister for Planning and concerns the Auditor-General’s report into the frequent network and the light rail master plan. Minister, it was revealed by the Auditor-General that a transport for Canberra report card, released in September 2014, was ambiguous and at times inaccurate, with no evidence presented to support some claims. The transport for Canberra report card was released under your control as Minister for Planning. Minister, how did you allow inaccurate information to be released?
MR GENTLEMAN: I thank Mr Smyth for his question. Of course transport planning is an important part of the ACT government’s program to alleviate congestion across the ACT. As you have heard from the Infrastructure Australia report, there will be a possibility of $700 million in congestion costs across the ACT if we do not get transport right.