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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 4 Hansard (11 April) . .

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It was put during the debate that perhaps I doubted this government's ability to realise its commitment. For the record, I would like to clarify that I do not doubt our commitment. But I call on our party and our government to undertake actions to give us every possibility of achieving it. That is what this motion is about.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

ACTION bus service—school services

MISS C BURCH (Kurrajong) (3.38): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) ACTION buses did not meet the 80 percent punctuality benchmark set in 2016-17;

(b) the punctuality benchmark was reduced to 75 percent for 2017-18;

(c) ACTION buses have been on time 72.96 percent of the time in 2017-18 to date; and

(d) ACTION buses have met punctuality benchmarks in only two of 90 weeks since mid-2016;

(2) further notes that:

(a) school buses regularly arrive at school gates after the commencement of the school day;

(b) some school buses are scheduled to depart prior to the end of the school day; and

(c) some school buses are scheduled to depart up to 45 minutes after the end of the school day; and

(3) calls on the Minister for Transport and City Services to:

(a) explain to the Assembly why:

(i) ACTION buses consistently fail to meet punctuality benchmarks;

(ii) it is acceptable for morning school bus services to arrive after the commencement of the school day;

(iii) it is acceptable for afternoon school bus services to depart before the end of the school day; and

(iv) is it acceptable for afternoon school buses to depart as late as 45 minutes after the end of the school day; and

(b) report to the Assembly by Thursday, 7 June 2018 on steps taken to:

(i) improve ACTION buses' punctuality;

(ii) ensure that school buses arrive at school before the commencement of the school day; and

(iii) ensure that school buses depart shortly after the end of the school day.


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