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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 1 Hansard (16 February) . . Page.. 341..


Members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: Well, I actually—

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister. One moment, thank you. Stop the clocks. Clearly, part of Mr Hargreaves's question is not in your remit to answer. It is not your position to comment on the position of other parties. Perhaps you can just talk about the specifics of the bits you are responsible for.

MS GALLAGHER: I would happily go back and check if it was one of the budgets that the Liberal Party actually did support. I think under Mr Seselja's leadership they have decided not to support any of the budgets that we bring to this place. The bike rack one may have been just prior to Mr Seselja's ascension to the leadership, when we did have more of a collaborative relationship working across this chamber.

MR DOSZPOT: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Chief Minister, are you committed to improving bike-and-ride options, and are you aware of any other issues restricting such multimodal transport?

MS GALLAGHER: I have answered that question. I am not sure if those opposite ever catch the bus or ride a bike, or actually use any of the facilities. All you have to do is have a look at what has happened across this city in the last few years—look at the new bike paths, look at the new bike shelters, look at the new park-and-rides, look at the new buses coming on, use your new MyWay card to get around the city in a very affordable way—and you will see just the extent of the level of this government's investment in public transport, working in partnership with members of the community and community organisations. Indeed, the Greens, in our parliamentary agreement—there are commitments around there.

Members interjecting—

MS GALLAGHER: You can actually see what can get done when people get serious about issues, are prepared to pursue issues regardless of the challenges and deal with the significant policy matters, unlike those opposite.

MR SPEAKER: I remind several members that they are on warnings today. Mr Doszpot, you have the floor for a question.

ACT Fire and Rescue—funding

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the Minister for Police and Emergency Services. Minister, in the recent report on government services, the Productivity Commission showed that funding in real terms for ACT Fire and Rescue has declined over the past five years from $58.6 million in 2006-07 to $49.4 million in 2010-11. Minister, why have you permitted funding for ACT Fire and Rescue to decline in real terms by 16 per cent over the past five years?


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