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The most important thing about this is to ensure that the Government does not by stealth contract off some of those core routes, because we all know that the only routes that go close to making money in ACTION are always going to be those peak commuter routes. If a Liberal government decided to contract out those peak commuter routes, which it could very easily do through Executive action, the finances of ACTION as a public transport provider would be thrown completely out of kilter. It really would matter little whether it was corporatised or privatised or remained in public ownership, because it would be totally gutted. It is important that the Assembly place in your path a very clear signal that that form of conduct would be unacceptable.
Motion (by Mrs Carnell) put:
That the debate be adjourned.
The Assembly voted -
Mr De Domenico
Question so resolved in the affirmative.
Sitting suspended from 12.30 to 2.30 pm
QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE
Health Services - Job Losses
MR CONNOLLY: My question is to the Chief Minister and Minister for Health. I note that, whereas Bob Carr has promised to resign unless he can improve health services significantly, Mrs Carnell appears to have promised to resign unless she can inflict significant job losses on ACT Health. My question to the Health Minister is: Just how many workers will have to lose their jobs for you to remain as Minister for Health?
MRS CARNELL: All I can say, Mr Connolly, is: Whinge, whinge, whinge; carp, carp, carp! Does that sound familiar?
Mr Connolly: You are still doing it, Mrs Carnell. It is very familiar.