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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 1 Hansard (21 February) . . Page.. 116 ..

Mr Berry: Mr Speaker, you might advise Mr De Domenico to provide us with the information that was collected before the industrial dispute. That will do.

MR DE DOMENICO: He has already had a question, Mr Speaker. How many questions does he get? Is that a point of order, or what?

Ms Follett: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: Mr De Domenico said in the main part of his answer to Mr Whitecross's question that the bus services had been reduced in one area because of reduced patronage in order to provide them in another area. When Mr Whitecross said, "May we see the evidence of that reduced patronage?", we just got a mouthful of rubbish from this man.

Mrs Carnell: That is not a point of order.

Ms Follett: I am debating Mr Humphries's point of order. As a member of this Assembly, Mr Whitecross has every reason to ask for and be given the information on which Mr De Domenico said he had based his decision.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, on the point of order: If Ms Follett has access to a standing order which will support her view that a particular question should be answered in a particular way, she should point to that standing order. As the person who led for four years a government that never answered a question, particularly to its former deputy leader, I think it is a considerable insult to this place to now demand that a certain answer be given in a certain way.

MR DE DOMENICO: Mr Speaker, may I pour some oil over these troubled waters with, once again, a commonsense answer? If Mr Whitecross - - -

Ms Follett: Once again?


MR DE DOMENICO: If Mr Whitecross cares to explain to me exactly what he wants, I will make sure, as always, that I give him a full and proper briefing to his heart's content.

Mr Berry: No; I want the answer.

MR SPEAKER: I think the undertaking - - -

Ms Follett: Can he repeat the supplementary question?

MR SPEAKER: Would you like to clarify your question, Mr Whitecross?

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, to clarify it for the Deputy Chief Minister, my question was: Will the Minister table in this Assembly the information gathered from the magnetic ticketing machines on ACTION buses in relation to individual services, on which he based his decision in relation to the new timetable?

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