Page 3538 - Week 10 - Tuesday, 12 September 2017

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Ms Cody: There would seem to be two questions coming out of that question, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Minister for Health, can you respond to the question and focus on the safety of the cladding.

MS FITZHARRIS: Yes. Based on all the advice I have received from within both ACT Health and ACT Fire & Rescue, who have stated publicly that the building is safe, based on all of that advice from the experts, yes, I can reassure the Canberra community that they will be safe in the Centenary hospital.

Light rail—Mitchell

MR MILLIGAN: My question is to the minister for transport. Minister, when will there be a light rail stop in Mitchell?

Mr Barr: If it had been you lot, never.

Members interjecting

MADAM SPEAKER: Stop the clock. It is a very jovial question time. If we can, I will ask the minister to respond to Mr Milligan’s question.

MS FITZHARRIS: I thank Mr Milligan for the question and the Chief Minister for his very succinct answer to that question. As has been indicated for a number of years now, the light rail stage 1 route is future-proofed for a stop at Mitchell. There was considerable consultation undertaken at the time.

Opposition members interjecting

MS FITZHARRIS: Of all the champions of light rail stops on the other side of the chamber—Alistair Coe, the champion of light rail for his own electorate; Mr Milligan, the member for Yerrabi—I don’t recall anybody opposite ever advocating for a Mitchell stop.

Mr Hanson: Mrs Dunne probably did.

MS FITZHARRIS: I recall them advocating for tearing up the contract. My apologies, Madam Speaker, Mrs Dunne did advocate for light rail. That is right. But, as has been discussed, as has been stated for a number of years now, the stage 1 construction of light rail is future-proofed for a stop in Mitchell, at the corner of Flemington Road and Sandford Street. There may well be an opportunity to further explore that over the coming years. I look forward to continuing discussions with the Mitchell businesses about that issue.

MR MILLIGAN: Do the thousands of people who work in Mitchell and the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of economic activity generated in Mitchell warrant a light rail stop?

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