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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 8 Hansard (25 October) . . Page.. 2010 ..

Question put:

That the motion (Ms McRae's) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 8	 	NOES, 9

Mr Berry	Mrs Carnell
Mr Connolly	Mr Cornwell
Ms Follett	Mr De Domenico
Ms Horodny	Mr Hird
Ms McRae	Mr Humphries
Ms Tucker	Mr Kaine
Mr Whitecross	Mr Moore
Mr Wood		Mr Osborne
		Mr Stefaniak

Question so resolved in the negative.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Berry, I have said before that I do not like people interjecting while the Clerk is calling the roll. Please desist.

Mr Berry: Feelings are strong on this one, Mr Speaker. I apologise.

MR SPEAKER: You can be feeling as strong as Samson as far as I am concerned, but I do not like the interjections and it is not fair to the Clerk.

Sitting suspended from 12.42 to 2.30 pm


Taxi Licence Auction

MS FOLLETT: I have a question for Mr De Domenico in his capacity as Minister for Urban Services. Minister, will you advise the Assembly of the outcome of the auction held today of 15 new taxi licence plates - an auction conducted by Harold Hird and Associates? Did this auction result in the Government receiving $600,000 less than your budget projections? Will you now admit that the whole management of this auction has been a costly disaster from start to finish?

MR DE DOMENICO: Ms Follett asked three questions: Will I advise the Assembly of the results of the auction? The answer is yes. The top price paid today was $190,000, the lowest price was $155,000, the average price being $162,000, or $62,000 above the reserve price. The total sales of taxi plates was $2.430m. As to the question, "Was it a disaster?", the answer is no. As to the question, "Will it mean a reduction of revenue projected by the Government?", the answer is yes, it will, quite obviously.

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