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Thursday, 24 June 2004
Page: 31742

Mr JOHNSON (9:43 AM) —I am very pleased that the member for Oxley is in the chamber today as I give my speech, because I want to alert the people of Ryan, and particularly the electors of Ryan who live in Bellbowrie and in the far western suburbs of the great electorate of Ryan, to a press release that the member put out last week advocating very strongly that a bridge be built from Riverview to Moggill. Let me quote the member for Oxley, because I am sure the good residents of Ryan will be very keen to know where the ALP stands on this. I am sure that they are also going to be calling upon the Labor candidate for Ryan to come clean on her views and tell them whether she supports the member for Oxley or whether she supports the people of Bellbowrie. This is what the member for Oxley said in his press release of Friday, 18 June 2004:

A BRIDGE should be built from Riverview to Moggill replacing the antiquated Moggill ferry service as part of the Federal Government's plans to address traffic congestion in south-east Queensland, the Federal Member for Oxley ... said today.

“A bridge from Riverview to Moggill would be great and would go a long way towards addressing the serious traffic problems that plague south-east Queensland,” Mr Ripoll said.

I am not sure that the people of Bellbowrie would be very keen to hear that the ALP is supporting the building of a bridge across the Moggill ferry route, because all that is going to do is dramatically increase congestion on Moggill Road. I think that the state government, which is responsible for Moggill Road, has got to get its act together and do something. The state Labor government has been in office in Queensland now since 1989, when Wayne Goss came to office, for all but the two short years of the Borbidge government. It is now 2004 and it is about time that the Queensland Labor government spent money on Moggill Road.

Let me go back to the member for Oxley, who, of course, represents the opposition and will continue to represent his district, if he is fortunate enough to be re-elected, in opposition following the next election. I know that the people of Bellbowrie are very keen for the Labor candidate for Ryan to clarify whether she supports the personal views of the member for Oxley that a bridge should be built across the Moggill ferry route, because that is something that is going to absolutely profoundly affect the volume of traffic on an already heavily congested Moggill Road. Suburban traffic in the western suburbs is already at an unbearable level and this proposal by the member for Oxley is not going to add one little bit to solving the problem. Let me go on to quote the member for Oxley, because I was very surprised—I thought all my Christmases had come at once—(Time expired)