Is light rail survey a harbinger for Labor?

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 9:59pm, first published October 20 2014 - 12:49pm

Canberra's next election is two years away and still a distant thought in the minds of voters. But the single issue on which votes might potentially turn, certainly above others in 2016, is the proposed City to Gungahlin light rail project. In an online survey conducted by The Canberra Times last week, a clear majority of respondents indicated that light rail would influence how they vote in 2016. The survey's other findings offer little comfort for the Gallagher government, with nearly 59 per cent of respondents indicating they do not support the first stage, and 58 per cent suggesting the money would be better spent on improving Canberra's bus network. On Monday, ACT Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson guaranteed that light rail would occupy centre stage in the election campaign proper by announcing he would do all in his power to halt its development.

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