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Wednesday, 22 March 1972
Page: 778

Senator McLAREN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Education and Science. Will the Minister examine the possibility of altering the starting time of the 8.30 a.m. lectures at the Canberra College of Advanced Education as this present starting time doubtless contributes to traffic delays caused to students at the intersection of Belconnen Way and Haydon Drive, due to heavy citybound traffic on Belconnen Way? These delays could contribute to traffic accidents in the vicinity of the college because of haste by students after escape from Belconnen Way. Is the Minister aware that 2 separate accidents involving young women students occurred this morning when a 17-year old motor cyclist received fatal injuries after colliding with a truck near the college gates and a 19-year old pedestrian received severe injuries when hit by a car near the main college building? Will the Minister make representations to the Department of the Interior with a view to installing traffic lights or a vehicle overpass at the Belconnen Way-Haydon Drive intersection, and more adequate facilities, such as a pedestrian overpass, at the college itself?

Senator WRIGHT - I had no knowledge of the accidents to which the honourable senator has referred until he mentioned them. I very much regret them. I visualise the entrance to the college to which he refers and readily agree that it is a matter proper to refer to the Minister for consultation with the Minister for the Interior. The road there may be worthy of special consideration. I also note his suggestion as to the starting time of the college. I think in Victoria some process of staggering times of different work forces is being initiated so as to reduce the traffic load on streets. I am sure that the Minister for Education and Science and the Minister for the Interior, whose concern this matter is, will give serious consideration to the question raised by the honourable senator.

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