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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 2 Hansard (5 March) . . Page.. 535..


MR SPEAKER (continuing):

contained therein and the specific point in standing order 117 (b) (iv) which prohibits imputations being contained in questions. I hope that clears that up.

Supplementary answer to question on notice

Health—radiopharmaceuticals

MS GALLAGHER: Mr Speaker, yesterday in question time Mrs Dunne asked me a question about the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor, and I can advise the Assembly that the closure has had no impact on medical services provided to the people of the ACT.

Personal explanations

MR PRATT (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, under standing order 46 I too wish to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Have you been misrepresented?

MR PRATT: Yes, indeed. Mr Speaker, this afternoon Mr Hargreaves said here in question time that Mr Smyth and I had been going around misleading the community about the 769 and 768 services and he said that we had been saying that those services were going to be cancelled.

The explanation I have in relation to that is this: when we received the petition here in the Assembly I spoke very clearly about that petition and I spoke clearly about the deep concern expressed by southern Tuggeranong residents about the proposed cancellation of bus services 768 and 769 and the negative impact that such a cancellation, were it to proceed, would have. At no time did I say that 769 and 768 had been cut or were being cut, but we did say that they were proposed cancellations according to the consultation process.

MR SMYTH (Brindabella): Mr Speaker, I would also like to make a personal explanation.

MR SPEAKER: Have you been misrepresented, Mr Smyth?

MR SMYTH: I have indeed, Mr Speaker. Mr Hargreaves during question time said words to the effect that Mr Gentleman had caught a bus and that in effect I had not. For the record, I have caught both routes 769 and 768 within the last month to ascertain, one, their usage and, two, exactly where people get off and on the bus.

On the second issue, as with Mr Pratt, it was implied that we were telling people that the bus service had been cut. I would just like to read the first line of the petition:

We the undersigned protest on the proposed cancellation of bus route 769 and 768.

The public understand it, we understand it; only Mr Hargreaves does not.


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