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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 13 Hansard (13 December) . . Page.. 4064..


MR HARGREAVES: Until he gets on this side of the chamber he cannot speak on behalf of the government.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, the rabbiting on of those opposite does not affect me at all. It is water off a duck's back, my dear friends, so save yourselves the breath.

Mr Mulcahy: That's your problem. It is called contempt—contempt for the electorate.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Mulcahy can save his weakened body a little bit more. He can throw those sorts of accusations across the chamber and it affects me not one zot. So do save yourselves some energy and stop wasting everybody's time.

The government recognises that peak hour is determined by the travelling public. It is not something that we determine. It is not something that is contained within regulations. We do not say, "Guess what: at 25 past eight it's over."

Mr Mulcahy: It's an unmitigated disaster.

Mr Stefaniak: Have a look at your timetable.

MR HARGREAVES: Here we go! Where is my box of table tennis balls that I can just pop in their mouths?

Mr Speaker, as I have just indicated to those opposite, who seem to be a bit hard of hearing perhaps, we look at the bus routes and we determine when the people are travelling and we try to get the best fit that we can. That is where we are at at the moment, and I have just explained to the chamber that where this is not so we like to hear from people. But let me say this to you, Mr Speaker: I like to hear from rational-thinking constituents, not those people over there—the straw-man manufacturing company.

Griffith library

MR SESELJA: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. Minister, on Saturday, 18 November, at the rally opposing the closure of the Griffith library, you said that you would ensure that library users that had any difficulty getting to the Civic library or Woden library would be offered appropriate transport assistance. Have any offers of assistance been made to disabled and disadvantaged users of the library system by your government, or was your promise at the rally just another empty one?

MR HARGREAVES: I will treat the second half of the question with the contempt that it is due. It belittles Mr Seselja to ask that sort of question. I thought better of him. With respect to the first half of the question, it is interesting that Mr Seselja quotes me as he was not there. Mr Seselja was not there, so how on earth can he quote something that I have said? He was not there.


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