The result of the 2012 ACT Election was 12 Labor, 12 Liberal and one Greens. The Greens had lost three of its four seats but now held the balance of power. The Labor Party sold its soul to remain in power and negotiated the Parliamentary Agreement for the 8th Legislative Assembly of 2Dec12. Among many other requirements demanded by the Greens, the government had to agree to starting construction of Light Rail Stage 1 before the 2016 election. Construction was so started and Stage 1 was commissioned in April 2019.
THIS AGREEMENT is made on the 2nd day of November 2012
BETWEEN Ms Katy Gallagher MLA, Leader of the Australian Labor Party, ACT Branch
AND Mr Shane Rattenbury MLA, ACT Greens Member for Molonglo
ACT Labor agrees to support or implement the following initiatives:
1. Governance and Integrity
2.2 Progress a light rail network for Canberra by:
a) Establishing a statutory independent authority to implement the light rail project and associated development in the corridor;
b) Undertaking the necessary design studies, preparatory works, financing, procurement and tendering arrangements, with a target date for the laying of tracks for the first route commencing in 2016;
c) Creating a Canberra wide light rail network master plan.