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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1993 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 18 May 1993) . . Page.. 1492 ..


standards that we can expect from Mrs Carnell. Claims by the firefighters, by the Electrical Trades Union, by the Public Service Association and by dozens of other unions through the ACTU were unremarkable and indeed were not a waste of time, but it is - - -

Mr De Domenico: Let us change the system, Mr Minister, because it is a waste of time.

MR BERRY: Here we go. What a beauty! The spokesperson on industrial relations says, "Let us change the system". I will tell you why we cannot: It is a Federal Act. You are supposed to know about these things. The more you open your mouth, the bigger you dig the hole. Question time marches on. Madam Speaker, I think I have drawn attention to the double standards of Mrs Carnell. Double standards are not something foreign to the Liberal Party but indeed something that Mrs Carnell warmly embraces.

Woden Bus Interchange Kiosk

MR DE DOMENICO: Madam Speaker, my question is addressed to the Chief Minister. I once again refer the Chief Minister to plans that her Government has for the refurbishment of the bus interchange at Woden. Can the Chief Minister advise the Assembly why the tenants of the kiosk have been given three months' notice to vacate the premises? Can the Chief Minister also explain why the tenants were not made aware of the Government's plans to redevelop the site earlier than 7 May, the date that they were in fact served with an eviction notice?

Mr Wood: It has been a quarterly renewal in recent times.

MS FOLLETT: Madam Speaker, I hear from Mr Wood to my left that it has been a quarterly renewal of the lease. Therefore, I understand that it would be about the right time for the department to be getting in touch with the lessee.

Mr De Domenico: On the same day that they are told to go?

MS FOLLETT: No, it was not on the same day, from what I have here of the correspondence. But I have undertaken, in response to Mrs Carnell, to have some closer inquiries made on this matter, and I will indeed be doing so.

MR DE DOMENICO: I ask a supplementary question. Chief Minister, would you condone this sort of treatment if it were undertaken by a private sector landlord, as was the case recently at the Campbell shops?

MS FOLLETT: Madam Speaker, I do not think I am obliged to give an opinion.

MADAM SPEAKER: That is quite correct.

Mr De Domenico: Don't you know?

MADAM SPEAKER: Order! If you read the standing orders in relation to question time, you will see that you do not ask for that sort of opinion.


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