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To the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly for the Australian Capital Territory

The following residents of the ACT draw to the attention of the Assembly that Transport Canberra buses stop at around 7pm or earlier on the Sunday timetable, and have for many years. The intertown bus service finishes its last run at this time, with local services terminating even earlier.

This Sunday timetable is then applied to every public holiday as well in Canberra, and even on some non-public holiday days like the four day period over Easter or extended periods over Christmas and New Year’s.

This affects everyone from tourists or those who do not own cars due - especially those who are too young or old to drive, or those who simply cannot afford their own vehicle.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to call on the Government to extend the Sunday Timetable to finishing no earlier than at least 10pm, possibly with a reduced frequency of service as required to lessen the impact on the bus drivers themselves.

To stop disenfranchising segments of Canberra society a full 1/6th of the year who don’t have a car, whatever the reasons may be for not having one.

The Clerk having announced that the terms of the petitions would be recorded in Hansard and referred to the appropriate ministers for response pursuant to standing order 100, the petitions were received.

Ministerial responses

The following responses to petitions have been lodged:

Safe and inclusive schools initiative—petition 25-17

By Ms Berry, Minister for Education and Early Childhood Development, dated 26 July 2018, in response to a petition lodged by Ms Orr on 8 May 2018 concerning the ACT safe and inclusive schools initiative.

The response read as follows:

Dear Mr Duncan

Thank you for your letter of 8 May 2018 with information about petition No 25-17 received by the Assembly on 8 May 2018 in relation to the ACT Safe and Inclusive Schools Initiative.

In accordance with Standing Order 100, I provide you with the following response to the issues raised by the petition:

Over 1400 Canberrans have signed this petition to voice their support for the rights of same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students to a safe and

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