Page 2756 - Week 08 - Wednesday, 16 August 2017

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MR STEEL: We did. I will explain why. They would have wasted $250 million of ratepayers’ hard-earned money ripping up the irreversible contracts for light rail stage 1. It makes the cost of an unnecessary postal plebiscite on marriage equality pale in comparison. It was recklessness that would have threatened the government’s economic credibility if they had been elected. I removed those references to give the Liberals an opportunity to demonstrate their support for integrated transport in the ACT, including light rail and light rail stage 2 to Woden.

It is still unclear what the Canberra Liberals’ policy is when it comes to integrated transport following this debate today. I hope they use their time in opposition to reflect. It is very interesting to hear the Leader of the Opposition starting the case against light rail to Woden. What do the Liberals have against Woden? It is the key link to be able to expand the network into the future to places like Tuggeranong, Weston Creek and Molonglo Valley. They are all part of our master plan for a light rail network for our growing city. Why do the Liberals not think that the south side deserves the same investment as Gungahlin and the north side? Why not?

Mr Coe interjecting

MR STEEL: I look forward to seeing your election policies, Leader of the Opposition.

The government has a very clear and positive vision for an integrated transport system for our growing city: a city-wide light rail network. At the same time, we are investing in schools and hospitals and delivering a budget which is in balance. We will continue to deliver our vision to move people around our growing city of Canberra through an integrated transport system, and we hope that one day all members of this place will back that vision as well.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Crimes (Intimate Image Abuse) Amendment Bill 2017

Debate resumed from 7 June 2017, on motion by Mr Hanson:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR GENTLEMAN (Brindabella—Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Minister for Planning and Land Management and Minister for Urban Renewal) (11.07): The bill introduced by Mr Hanson targets a crime that this Assembly condemns unanimously and without qualification. Our approach to this bill and the amendments that the government will be moving to it shows that there is no room for partisan politics when it comes to this important criminal law reform.

Intimate image abuse is where people, often ex-partners, distribute images without the consent of the person in the image. An example of the behaviour that this law will

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