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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 8 Hansard (15 August) . . Page.. 2985 ..


Ms Lawder: Why is that? Could you just explain why there is no point of order?

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: There is no point of order, Ms Lawder. Please take your seat.

Ms Lawder: Thanks for your explanation.

MR PARTON: Mr Assistant Speaker, in those interjections I heard Ms Cheyne suggest that I was lying. I am reading from a letter that was written to parents at MacKillop College. This is Michael Lee, the principal of MacKillop College, and this is what he said:

Towards the end of the meeting it was said that the new bus route was about

a) Trying to make the bus service better

b) Trying to make the buses better align with light rail.

If you believe that that is a lie, you can take it up with Mr Lee.

Ms Cheyne: That is not what I said was a lie.

MR PARTON: Yes, it is.

Ms Berry: I raise a point of order, Mr Assistant Speaker. I ask the members opposite to direct their comments to the chair.

MR ASSISTANT SPEAKER: Direct your comments to the chair and, please, members, we have heard in silence—

MR PARTON: Mr Assistant Speaker, I would say to Ms Cheyne, "Ms Cheyne, those comments were made by Michael Lee, the principal of MacKillop College." I would say to Ms Cheyne if I were speaking to her, but I am speaking to you, "Ms Cheyne, if you want to take it up with him, please feel free to do so."

He went on to say:

When I made the point that Tuggeranong was subsidising this by slashing school routes for our kids, people looked the other way.

And he said:

I must say that I am profoundly disappointed with the management of the needs of students in Catholic schools. The fact that the largest secondary school in the city has not been included in data to build the new network points to a proposed network that, at its best is too clever by half and at its worst is dangerous to the safety of many hundreds of school students at MacKillop and elsewhere.

MS CODY (Murrumbidgee) (4.09): It is not every day I am made to feel like a bad mum. But some of the comments I have seen recently about the school buses have


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