Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 2 Hansard (7 March) . . Page.. 330..
Mr Mulcahy: And our interjections.
MR GENTLEMAN: And for the interjections, yes—especially, of course, those from Mrs Dunne regarding ACTION buses. But I do need to comment quickly on Minister Hargreaves's comments. One of those was that he could not find anything positive about the WorkChoices legislation.
Mr Speaker, there have been some things that have come out of this legislation. One is that ballots are now required before any action can be taken by employees while they are negotiating an enterprise bargaining agreement. Due to most of those EBAs being organised by unions, we are now finding that non-members who want to take part in those ballots are signing up to the union, and in fact union membership is increasing. We have also, of course, seen a huge community program with the Your Rights at Work campaign. In fact I visited Queanbeyan today to see MPower's program of Your Rights at Work campaign, so there are some things happening that are positives out of that draconian legislation.
Mr Speaker, I would like to thank you for your rulings and comments regarding the sub judice rule. It is probably a new position for me to look at when writing up these motions. As I said, I was not aware that any case had been started. I would just like to finish off by saying I am very pleased to see that Mrs Dunne is supporting ACTION drivers, and I can only reiterate Mr Barr's comments and his request for her to stand with us side by side with these people.
Motion agreed to.
ACTION bus service—timetable
MRS DUNNE (Ginninderra) (5.56): I wish to move the motion standing in my name on the notice paper. I also seek leave to amend the notice according to the amendment circulated earlier today by adding the following words to paragraph (2) (a):
", specifically addressing school services, after hours and weekend services and increased frequency of daytime off-peak services;"
MRS DUNNE: I move the amended motion as follows:
That this Assembly:
(a) the introduction of the new ACTION timetable called Network 06, on 4 December 2006, which curtailed the frequency of bus services;
(b) the high level of dissatisfaction with the changes introduced and the flood of complaints received from the public;