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Wednesday, 16 November 1983
Page: 2838

Mr RUDDOCK(8.51) —The motion has the support of the Opposition. The Commonwealth Avenue bridge extension, in particular, is not without some element of controversy because of the intrusive nature of its design. The Minister for Territories and Local Government (Mr Uren) has personally taken an interest in this matter. I know members of the Joint Standing Committee on the New Parliament House as well as members of the Joint Standing Committee on the Australian Capital Territory were very concerned that the design of that bridge should be less intrusive than was previously proposed. Our acceptance of this motion is, of course, in the expectation that the design will be less intrusive. The construction of the pier protection under Commonwealth Avenue bridge is very important. In the evidence given to the Committee on the new Parliament House it was quite clear that the bridge could be at risk if a very large motor vehicle hit the piers and brought it down. I regard that as a very important matter. The Minister and I are both aware of an incident in Sydney which led to very considerable concern about bridge designs. For that reason there is some urgency attaching to the work on Commonwealth Avenue bridge. It has the full support of the Opposition.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

House adjourned at 8.53 p.m.