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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4284..


discussion. You have made your position very clear about the simple act that we are asking you and the Greens to adopt—that is, to endorse the recently publicised efforts of the principal of Lanyon. We are not seeking anything further than that. We are asking you to address the truancy problems at his school. But you find that too difficult to do, Mr Barr. You say that not only will you protect the rights of Principal Thompson, but you will look at all of the problems. Well, you cannot even bring yourself to protect and endorse what this principal has tried to do.

Ms Hunter, that is exactly what we are asking you to do. We are asking you to endorse the actions of the principal who has stood up for the rights of the students within his care. That is all this motion asks to do. We do not agree with your amendment. We cannot accept your amendment, because it sidesteps the issue totally and simply adds another level of confusion. Mr Speaker, I commend our original motion to this Assembly.

Question put:

That Ms Hunter's amendment be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 11: Mr Barr Ms Bresnan Ms Burch Mr Corbell Ms Gallagher Mr Hargreaves Ms Hunter Ms Le Couteur Ms Porter Mr Rattenbury Mr Stanhope

Noes 6: Mr Coe Mr Doszpot Mrs Dunne Mr Hanson Mr Seselja Mr Smyth

Question so resolved in the affirmative.

Motion, as amended, agreed to.

Sitting suspended from 12.27 to 2 pm.

Questions without notice

ACTION bus service—effectiveness

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I refer to the Auditor-General's report, Delivery of ACTION bus services. The Auditor-General found:

Of 500 cancelled services reviewed by Audit, cancellations were due to either a shortage of drivers (83 percent), or of buses (16 percent). There was no evidence of ACTION having developed and implemented strategies to effectively address these issues.

Minister, why has a succession of ministers, including Mr Corbell, Mr Hargreaves and now you, failed to effectively address the issue of ACTION's unreliable service?


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