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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 2 Hansard (22 February) . . Page.. 627..


For the information of members, it shows that in the ACT in 2011 the median weekly service cost was $345 compared to $285 nationally. In 2012 the median weekly service cost was $375 compared to $300 nationally. That $30 increase in the ACT is an 8.6 per cent increase and not the CPI figure that Minister Burch said today.

Supplementary answer to question without notice

ACTION bus service—network

MS GALLAGHER: Earlier in question time Ms Hunter asked me a question about bus services in Crace. Services to Crace will commence with the implementation of network 12 in May 2012 when route 58 is diverted into the suburb. There are no school dedicated bus services at this stage for Crace.

Personal explanations

MS BURCH (Brindabella—Minister for Community Services, Minister for the Arts, Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Minister for Ageing, Minister for Women and Minister for Gaming and Racing): Mr Speaker, can I make a statement under standing order 46 in response to Mrs Dunne?

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

MS BURCH: I refer Mrs Dunne to table 38.23 in the ROGS report. The difference is 2.2. Your question to me was: why has the cost gone up by 25 per cent? So I ask you to show me the ROGS data.

Mr Coe: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

Mr Coe: I ask whether that was in fact permissible under section 46 of the standing orders.

MR SPEAKER: I think it was borderline. Members, we will simply leave that one alone now. If anyone wants to debate it, they can put a matter on the notice paper to debate that matter further or ask further questions.

MR HANSON (Molonglo): I have a matter arising from question time, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: During question time Ms Gallagher both made an assertion and asked me the direct question about what I had done for primary health. I seek your guidance on whether I should make that as a statement under standing order 46 or whether I can be granted leave to make a short statement to answer the minister's question.

Members interjecting—


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