Page 5095 - Week 13 - Thursday, 29 November 2018

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MS FITZHARRIS: breach standing orders. Our commitment is to roll out network 19, the biggest ever investment in our bus network in recent memory, as well as get light rail stage 1 underway, because what we also know is that this opposition has never once supported light rail. This side of the house looks forward very much to the start of light rail and to the start of network 19, and to reminding the Canberra community of the opposition’s relentless negativity on light rail and their outright opposition to it, from which I do not think they can ever recover.

Mr Hanson interjecting—

MADAM SPEAKER: Mr Hanson, please! Ms Lawder.

MS LAWDER: Minister, what has been calculated in your contingency plans for overtime required for bus drivers to provide all bus services promised in the new network while covering the Gungahlin to the city route in place of light rail?

MS FITZHARRIS: The opposition can be assured that we will look after out bus drivers. They do a great job and they have been working very closely with Transport Canberra on the design and implementation of the new network. I know for sure that they welcome this massive investment in Canberra’s bus network.

MISS C BURCH: Minister, have contingency timetables been prepared for the eventuality that buses will be required on the Gungahlin to city route after the beginning of school term 1?

MS FITZHARRIS: All contingency planning is underway.

Multicultural affairs—summit

MS ORR: My question is to the Minister for Multicultural Affairs. Minister, can you please update us on the multicultural summit held last week.

MR STEEL: I thank Ms Orr for her question. I am very pleased to report to the Assembly on the multicultural summit which was held last Friday, another important step in building Canberra as an inclusive and multicultural city.

Convening the summit is an important part of our parliamentary agreement, which also included establishing a multicultural advisory body. The Multicultural Advisory Council played a significant role in organising and facilitating the summit and also facilitating a series of six roundtables in the lead-up to the summit to maximise the participation of the multicultural community.

Mr Coe interjecting—

MR STEEL: Canberra’s multicultural community is diverse, and the purpose of the summit was to strive for a connected community where everyone is respected, included and valued. Delegates to the summit included 150 community leaders, service providers and government officials. It was a rare opportunity to bring such a

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