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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (6 March) . . Page.. 187..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

reputation and that of my marriage and my wife. It is all out there. He is out there talking about it. He is talking it up. I can go and get statutory declarations and affidavits from those to whom Mr Smyth has told this story. That is what we have come to. It was a matter of principle. It is none of your business. My wife is not part of this job.

Mrs Burke: It's the community's business.

MR STANHOPE: It is not. Mrs Burke, tell us more about the sexual harassment matter. Come on.

Mr Stefaniak: Oh, here we go. Let's get grubby, Jon.

MR STANHOPE: Let's get grubby? Let's get grubby!

Mr Stefaniak: You are accusing him of it and now you are doing it.

MR SPEAKER: Order!

MR STANHOPE: I am respecting Mrs Burke's privacy. Give us the lurid details, Mrs Burke. (Time expired.)

ACTION bus service-patronage

MR GENTLEMAN: My question is directed to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I understand that recent criticism of ACTION is misguided, as patronage levels are through the roof. Can you inform the Assembly how many passengers have voted in favour of ACTION by using the new network?

Mr Smyth interjecting-

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Smyth, I challenge you to tell in public what you told your Liberal Party branch about me. I challenge you in public because I would like you to give me a photocopy of your house because I will have it for you.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, come back to the subject matter.

MR HARGREAVES: I certainly will. You just do it and I will take you on.

I thank Mr Gentleman for his question because he has gone to the heart of the matter. A lot of the criticism has been misguided, particularly as the ACTION bus network is designed as a mass transport system. It is not a system designed to cater for each individual in the community. It attempts to provide a service that reaches into most, not all, corners of the city and moves people efficiently between the-

Mr Smyth interjecting-

MR HARGREAVES: I will continue when you stop.

Mr Smyth: We thought you were waiting for the Chief Minister.


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