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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 4 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 931..


MR BARR (continuing):

off the site, there are some costs associated with that. I am happy to provide the level of information that resides within the Department of Education and Training. However, the detailed level of information that I think Dr Foskey is seeking in fact refers to the ongoing costs that might be associated with the Department of Territory and Municipal Services.

DR FOSKEY: No, education.

MR BARR: Only education? There are no costs to the education department from any of the buildings that have been transferred to the Department of Territory and Municipal Services.

ACTION bus service-safety and security review

MR PRATT: My question is to the Chief Minister. In light of the knife attack in early March 2007 on a supervisor at the Civic bus interchange, a serious assault on a transport officer at the Woden interchange in April 2007 and the ongoing safety and security issues faced by ACTION drivers and supervisors, can you confirm that you met with a delegation of union representatives of ACTION as long ago as 27 July last year and that subsequently a review of safety and security was commissioned?

MR STANHOPE: I thank Mr Pratt for the question. This is a very important issue and one of great concern. Before responding, however, I thank Dr Foskey for asking a question on education. It is now May 2007, the fifth month of this year, and the shadow minister for education has yet to ask a question in the Assembly on education. I thank Dr Foskey for her interest.

Mr Pratt: On a point of order: relevance to the question.

MR SPEAKER: Come to the subject matter of the question, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: It is interesting that five months into the year we are yet to have a question from the opposition on education.

Mr Mulcahy: On a point of order: come to the subject matter.

MR SPEAKER: Remain with the subject matter, Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker, I will. It is a very serious matter. Yes, I met with the Transport Workers Union. I would have to check the date, but I have no reason to dispute it was in about July last year. I meet regularly with the Transport Workers Union. Since that time, and prior to that, I have met them on numerous occasions. Yes, I met them on that occasion. Issues of safety were raised. I have also met them on numerous other occasions since then and prior to that, and will continue to do so.

I was pleased at that particular meeting to be able to inform the Transport Workers Union of the decision that the government had taken, which was reflected in the last budget, to ensure, through a significant capital investment, that a security camera would be placed and provided for every single ACTION bus in the Australian Capital


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