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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 337..


MR SPEAKER: I am sorry, but I can only be guided by standing order 113A, which says:

Questions without notice shall not be concluded until all non-Executive Members rising have asked at least one question.

If people do not rise, I am afraid that I will not be calling them. Are you planning to rise, Mr Wood? Do you want to ask a question, Mr Wood?

Mr Wood: Yes. Mr Berry is on his feet.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Berry does not yet have leave from the Chair. I will be happy to give him leave at the end of question time. Would you like to ask a question, Mr Wood?

Industrial Dispute - Relocation of Buses

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, my question is directed to the Chief Minister and is about her responsibility for industrial relations in this town.

Mr De Domenico: Uh!

MR WOOD: She runs it, Mr De Domenico. There is no need to question it.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

Mr De Domenico: I did not say a word.

MR WOOD: It is a bit late to question it. You should have asserted authority earlier.

MR SPEAKER: What is the question, Mr Wood?

MR WOOD: Mr Speaker, can the Chief Minister confirm that she has instructed police to see whether charges can be laid against bus drivers following the relocation of certain buses that are near this Assembly? Is she aware that police are scouting around ACTION depots seeking information? In the spirit of trying to reach agreement, would she issue instructions to have that stopped?

MRS CARNELL: Mr Speaker, I am aware that ACTION management were somewhat concerned when three buses went missing last week. If they happened to be three buses less at some stage you would assume that they would have a concern about that. I understand that ACTION management made some investigations to try to sort out who had signed out those buses or who had driven them away. I am informed that that information was not available. Those three buses seemed to have been removed from ACTION bus depots without authority and there was no particular information about how they were taken away. Surprising as this may seem, those three buses have somehow ended up outside the Assembly doors. It seems to me totally appropriate, whenever three buses go missing, without being authorised to be elsewhere, that it should be investigated.


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