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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23287

Mr BRENDAN O'CONNOR (1:45 PM) —I want to bring to the attention of the House a very important issue in my electorate; namely, the need for the construction of the Deer Park bypass. I mailed out a petition to 10,000 of the households in my electorate and I am very happy that there has been such a significant return—just under 3,000 have been returned so far and more are coming in. I would like to table these 2,811 petitions reflecting the concerns in the community about the lack of government support for the construction of the Deer Park bypass and impressing upon the government that they should do whatever they can to ensure that the Deer Park bypass is built as quickly as possible. I table the petitions.

The petition read as follows—

To the honourable Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

This petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House the dangerous and congested condition of the Western Highway between the suburbs of Ardeer, Deer Park, Burnside, Rockbank and Caroline Springs.

We call on the House to:

(1) Recognise that the Western Highway is the major route for traffic between Melbourne and Adelaide, and that its full funding is the responsibility of the Howard Government;

(2) Acknowledge that the Western Highway is in desperate need of upgrading;

(3) Guarantee funding for the construction f the Deer Park Bypass; and

(4) Support general improvements to the Western Highway.

from 2,811 citizens