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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 115 ..

Mr Berry: I thought that ought to be withdrawn.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, it has been withdrawn.

MR DE DOMENICO: Whilst Mrs Carnell has quite sensibly answered the question, Mr Speaker, if Mr Whitecross can assure me that the bus drivers take fares and use the magnetic ticketing system, I will make sure that I give him the detailed information that that magnetic ticketing system provides.

Mr Whitecross: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. That is an outrageous answer. I am a member of this Assembly, Mr Speaker, and I have a right to ask a question. I am not negotiating for Mr De Domenico with the unions. If he cannot get his Chief Minister to negotiate with the unions, I am not going to do it for him. I asked him a question. I asked him for information and you should tell him to answer the question.

Mr Humphries: I take a point of order, Mr Speaker. If Mr Whitecross wants to blow a gasket on the floor of the Assembly, he is quite entitled to; but it is not a point of order and he should not be making it.

MR DE DOMENICO: He is after the leadership. He has to have personality for that. Someone injected him with personality at lunchtime.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Settle down.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, personal shots at Mr Whitecross by Mr Humphries are not very helpful in this debate. A question has been asked and the Deputy Chief Minister over there has refused to supply information to this Assembly.

Mrs Carnell: It does not exist, because the magnetic tickets are not being used.

Mr Whitecross: He just said that it did exist.

Mr Berry: He has already said that it does exist and he will not provide it. The question has been asked; he ought to agree to answer it. If he does not have the information on him he should agree to provide it as quickly as possible.

MR SPEAKER: Mr De Domenico, in the event that the industrial dispute is ultimately settled, would that information be available to Mr Whitecross?

Mr Whitecross: This has nothing to do with the industrial dispute.

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, may I - - -

MR SPEAKER: Just a moment. I am trying to get to the bottom of this question.

Ms Follett: We are trying to speak to the point of order, Mr Speaker.

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