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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (26 October) . . Page.. 2125..


MR DE DOMENICO (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, I wish to make a personal explanation under standing order 46 on the same topic.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR DE DOMENICO: I heard Ms Follett say that all members opposite cast aspersions on Mr Whitecross's partner. I made no mention at all of Mr Whitecross's partner until such time as the former Chief Minister said that she was a fine public servant. I think I said, "Hear, hear!". I happen to know Ms Foreman, not very very well but quite well, because I happen to know Mr Whitecross well. For the former Chief Minister to suggest that anybody cast aspersions on Mr Whitecross's partner was obviously not true.

While I am on my feet, Mr Speaker, I concede that the information I received from the Department of Urban Services that Harold Hird and Associates had conducted the auction in 1994 was incorrect. I am pleased that Ms Follett also said that sometimes it is not the fault of certain Ministers when they repeat advice given from their department. Once again, the advice I got was incorrect.

PURCHASE OF FRENCH PRODUCTS
Paper

MRS CARNELL (Chief Minister) (3.59): Mr Speaker, for the information of members, I present the initial report on the implementation of the Assembly's motion on French products and I move:

That the Assembly takes note of the paper.

Mr Speaker, I rise today to table the initial report on the implementation of the Assembly motion on French products and to table a letter to me from the French Ambassador, Mr Dominique Girard. Members will have received the management plan for implementing the Assembly motion on French products and will be aware that step 1 of the management plan states that I will table an initial report in the October sittings. Mr Speaker, this report indicates what has been achieved to date. It illustrates the magnitude of the task remaining in implementing the Assembly's decision.

With the benefit of the information the Government has provided, members may wish to consider the extent to which the Government's implementation of this motion as it now stands should continue. I should say that there are a number of specific examples of issues that need addressing before the motion can be fully implemented, not the least of which is the fact that the provision of new buses and parts for existing buses in our ACTION fleet is contracted to Renault. I do not need to tell members just how difficult the situation would become if we were to put an immediate stop to buying Renault parts, and I am sure that the ACT community would not be impressed to find a number of the buses off the road.


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