Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 15 Hansard (9 December) . . Page.. 5547..
MR STANHOPE (continuing):
about it. Our conclusion was that it was extremely poor. To the extent that there was an advertising campaign—and much of the campaign that we had anticipated and on which we based the service when we entered the partnership, most particularly with Canberra Taxis and the Australian Hotels Association, was that it was always a partnership—we feel our partners did not quite pull their weight in the partnership.
MR COE: Supplementary, Mr Speaker?
MR SPEAKER: Mr Coe.
MR COE: Chief Minister, given that about $1 million was given to Nightlink a couple of years ago, how much of that money will be saved and can be redirected to other services?
MR STANHOPE: I will find out how much of the budget remains. But, as I indicated, along with Mr Smyth it is quite obvious, Mr Coe, that you have not been listening to me either. Perhaps it is only in relation to childcare, disability and housing now that you have any interest and you do not listen to questions in relation to other areas, but I made the point that—
Mr Smyth: You said it would be redirected. Where is it going?
MR STANHOPE: I said that too, Mr Smyth. Today you are making a complete goose of yourself, asking me to repeat answers that I have given previously.
Mr Smyth: You get so cranky, Jon.
MR STANHOPE: Well, this is two questions you have asked now on information that I have provided. I am sure the Greens could answer your question—because they were listening. I said before, and then, because I know you are hard of hearing or do not bother to listen, I actually repeated it: the funds that remain subject to the cancellation of Nightlink—I actually said this, I thought in some detail—have been redirected to other support of queues and of taxi users in the city.
Mr Smyth, that is what I said. Ms Le Couteur is nodding sagely. I do not know how many times you want me to repeat this, so ask again. Yes, Mr Smyth, as I have explained, the moneys are being used for the purpose but in a different way, because of our concerns about Nightlink. I repeat the answer that I gave to Ms Bresnan earlier: all of the funds, Mr Coe, that remain in the project have been redirected to other aspects of the program.
MRS DUNNE: My question is to the Attorney-General. Minister, in April 2008 the Assembly passed legislation that you introduced that would enable police to issue criminal infringement notices. However, almost 20 months later, the system is still not in place: as of last week it was not in place. I wrote to you about this matter on 22 September this year and received a response yesterday, nearly three months later. In your letter you advised that you had come up with only an interim solution in the