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Thursday, 4 December 2003
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Mr RIPOLL (12:25 PM) —It is with great honour that I present and table in the House 4,792 signatures—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Ms Corcoran)—I think you may be able to refer to the petition; I do not think you can table it.

Mr RIPOLL —That is okay, I will just talk about the petition. The 4,792 people have registered their strong opinion in relation to the Ipswich Motorway. This is indicative of the level of support that exists in south-east Queensland—not just in my electorate of Oxley but also in the electorate of Blair and in the surrounding region. These people have without doubt made a strong statement to the parliament that there are some things that are more important than politics—things like infrastructure. Infrastructure development in our communities is right at the centre of things that people need not only to grow and develop the economy but also to deliver jobs. People want and need jobs in our community, and the only way that those jobs can be brought to them is through infrastructure development.

I want to put a couple of things on the record. The Ipswich Motorway has been an issue that we have debated for years. For me, the time for debate is over. It has been over for some time. We have an excellent report that was partly funded by the federal government—thank you to the federal government for doing that—and partly funded by the state government. There was an excellent outcome from that report. Everybody that was involved in an exhaustive consultation process agreed on one thing: the Ipswich Motorway needs a major upgrade. It needs a major upgrade because there is really is no other place for the traffic on the motorway and the people who live along it to go. I have made my views very clear not only in the House but also through the media and publicly at meetings. We can always talk about other roads, but at the end of the day you have to fix the central problem. I am happy to have as many roads as we possibly can, but the reality is that we need to get on with the job.

In conclusion, by bringing these 4,792 names to the parliament I think I am making a clear statement as to the strong view of the people of the Oxley electorate—

The DEPUTY SPEAKER (Hon. I.R. Causley)—Order! A division has been called in the House of Representatives. I put the question.

Question agreed to.

Main Committee adjourned at 12.29 p.m. until Wednesday, 11 February 2004 at 9.40 a.m. in accordance with the resolution agreed to this day.