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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (28 October) . .

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I did find it curious that Minister Rattenbury linked broken-down buses to climate change and said that we are going to have more buses breaking down as the years go on due to climate change. I would have thought that the reason the buses were breaking down was the maintenance. If it is not due to maintenance, how do they operate buses in Singapore, Hong Kong, Brisbane, Dallas, San Diego or any one of the hundreds of cities around the world that operate buses in the public transport system in far warmer climates than what we have here in the ACT?

The fact is, Minister Rattenbury's highlighting of buses breaking down is a very good matter to raise in this MPI. That is the sort of thing that should be a core business for the government. Rather than hiding behind climate change as a catch-all for all problems that are in the too-hard basket, this government should be trying to work on the fleet of ageing ACTION buses and working on the maintenance schedule of those ACTION buses to stop them breaking down when it gets to 35 degrees. Quite frankly, just about every single year, there are going to be days that are 35, 36, 37 degrees. We should be prepared for it.

It is the same with the mowing schedule. Every single year in October or November it starts to rain, you get more sunshine and the grass grows. Yet every single year it seems a great shock to the ACT government that the grass is growing in spring. It is simply not good enough and the government should be able to predict that kind of season coming on after winter.

I very much commend Ms Lawder for raising this very important matter here in the Assembly. There is so much more that we as an Assembly can do and there is, of course, much more that the government should be doing. Once again, I commend the MPI.

Discussion concluded.

Mental Health (Treatment and Care) Amendment Bill 2014

Debate resumed.

Debate (on motion by Mr Corbell) adjourned to the next sitting.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Lock up your boss—fundraiser

MR WALL (Brindabella) (4.34): After being very enthusiastically nominated by my staff, last Friday I was pleased to take part in the lock up your boss fundraising initiative hosted by 104.7. The fundraiser, which raised an astounding $66,781.05 for Lifeline, was organised by FM104.7 with the assistance of SERVICE ONE Members


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