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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 10 Hansard (22 September) . . Page.. 4307..


reflect on that we might have been able to achieve reasonable accountability and transparency requirements without actually damaging the network in the way that it has been damaged through this report.

MR COE: Mr Speaker, a supplementary question.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Chief Minister, in spite of a couple of years passing since the Ernst & Young report suggested better internal communications within the department, why didn't the Road Transport Authority follow up with ACTION to find out why it was not receiving regular reports?

MR STANHOPE: I cannot answer that question. It is a moot point and I am more than happy to take it on notice.

MR COE: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, how many bus accidents have not been reported to the Road Transport Authority since 2001?

MR STANHOPE: I must say, in the context of this particular recommendation, that it is a recent requirement. As I am sure members would understand, I will have to take the question on notice. I just do not happen to have that particular number in my head.

2000 Olympic Games-volunteers

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation. Minister, on 13 September, the Sydney Olympics volunteers in Canberra celebrated the 10th anniversary of those games. Incidentally, this celebration served as a precursor to the larger celebrations in Sydney. There was unfortunately scant or no acknowledgement last week from the government regarding the excellent work by the volunteers in welcoming the world to Canberra 10 years ago. Minister, why did the government fail to recognise the contribution of the volunteers, and will you now do so?

MR BARR: I was, as members are aware, away overseas last week, so I was not personally able to issue a media release on the matter. I am certainly happy to state a government position in support, obviously, of all of the activities that those who participated in as volunteers at the 2000 Olympics. I know, Mr Doszpot, that you organised an event, and I congratulate you on doing that. I am so pleased that you feel it is important to raise it in question time today and acknowledge the tremendous contribution that you made as an individual towards the volunteers, particularly around soccer that was played at Canberra Stadium in 2000. Congratulations, Mr Doszpot, on organising the event. That is a wonderful thing for you to have done, given your involvement a decade ago. I warmly acknowledge that contribution and apologise that I was not able to attend the event as I was in China, and I did not issue a media release as I was in China.


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