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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 996..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

are being intimidated or have recriminations because they participated, the penalty is one year in jail for the person who did that. That is the protection they get. But you cannot have it both ways.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Hanson?

MR HANSON: Minister, will you outline under what provision of the Public Interest Disclosure Act are the terms of reference for a bullying review prescribed?

MS GALLAGHER: The terms of reference I have provided to everybody, I believe. I think I even wrote to you. The legislation sets out the process for an investigation to be conducted and the protections that are offered to people who participate. The terms of reference have been provided to Mr Hanson, and I would believe that they are broad-ranging enough to deal with all the issues that have been raised so far.

I really think what a mature parliament would now do is allow the process to continue. There is information going out to people in the workplace. Anyone who was contacted ACT Health with an issue is being individually contacted. I hope that this is resolved as soon as possible because it is hurting individuals in the workplace. I want to see that over as soon as possible. So, as soon as this review can be completed, it will be completed. If there are findings that I can table at the end of that, then I will table them, but there is nothing secret about this, other than those individuals who want to participate in it. That creates the process that offers people the protections that they sought. That is what they asked from me: they wanted to be able to participate in a confidential way and in a way that offered them protections. That is what we have provided them with.

ACTION bus service—new buses

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Chief Minister in his capacity as Minister for Transport. As the Chief Minister knows, I have an abiding interest in things buses, because I love them.

Mr Coe: Not many other people in Canberra do, John.

MR HARGREAVES: I love them, and one day you will be old enough to get a ticket. You won't have to use your school bus pass.

Mr Coe: Has your gold card arrived yet, John?

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Hargreaves, the question, please.

MR HARGREAVES: Chief Minister, how will the steer-tag buses that you launched yesterday help the ACT meet its sustainable transport target?

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Hargreaves. Indeed, I acknowledge that it was Mr Hargreaves, as Minister for Transport, who brought the $49.5 million proposal to cabinet for the purchase of additional and replacement buses for the ACTION fleet. Last year I launched the first of the 74 MAN Euro V clean diesel buses that were ordered as part of that process.


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