Monday, October 29, 2012

Light rail may determine who governs ACT

Shane Rattenbury, ACT Greens MLA 
(picture from ABC News)

The ABC television news in Canberra on Sunday night carried a story which has also been posted on their ABC News website in written form. In short, ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has indicated that light rail has featured prominently in his and the Greens thinking on who will form the next government in the ACT. 

Read 'Light rail may determine who governs ACT' here. 

As the Assembly now consists of 8 Labor MLA's, 8 Liberal MLA's and 1 Green MLA, Mr Rattenbury holds the balance of power and will determine who governs the ACT for the next four years. 

The ABC article states:

"Greens members held a meeting on Sunday to decide on their priorities and discuss strategy with their sole representative in the Assembly.
"They want to see good government in the ACT over the next 4 years to see us become a fair and sustainable city," Mr Rattenbury said.
"So things like light rail were high on the list of things members were interested in."
During the election campaign, Labor committed to building a light rail route between Gungahlin and Civic.
It is part of a larger plan to build a city-wide light rail network in partnership with the private sector, at a cost of $614 million.
The Canberra Liberals have expressed concern over the cost of light rail.
Mr Rattenbury said better public transport and cleaning up Canberra's system of lakes are also priorities for Greens members."

ACT Light Rail urge Mr Rattenbury to stick to the ACT Greens election policy when deciding on where he will place the ACT Greens support for the next Assembly. 

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