Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1369 ..
MRS CARNELL (continuing):
Mr Speaker, I have never said that there was an offer, ever. If Ms McRae would like to get up and quote from anywhere that I have said that there was an offer from the Commonwealth to clean up contaminated sites on Kingston, then I ask her to do it now. There is no indication, Mr Speaker, that I have ever suggested that there was an offer from the Commonwealth to pay for contamination on Kingston. What I have said time and time again is that it is subject to negotiation. The fact is that we have been making sure that we tell the truth on this issue. Ms McRae continues to make comments about a supposed offer that I have never spoken about. In fact, in the debate on Tuesday Ms McRae made two references to evidence that I had supposedly given to the Planning and Environment Committee on the - - -
Ms McRae: I did not say that it was you.
MRS CARNELL: I am sorry; you did. In fact, on two occasions Ms McRae made the comment that I appeared before the Planning and Environment Committee and gave certain evidence. The fact is that I have never appeared before the Planning and Environment Committee. It would seem that, if anybody is misleading this Assembly, Mr Speaker, it certainly is not I. I think it is extremely important to get some facts on the table. If Ms McRae is really interested in this issue she will, No. 1 - - -
Ms McRae: You could answer the question.
MRS CARNELL: I am asking you. I have never claimed for one moment that there was an offer from the Commonwealth. What I have said is that the Commonwealth - - -
Mr Wood: You have said that they will fix it. That is what you have said.
MRS CARNELL: What I have said is that the Commonwealth - on more than one occasion, right from Paul Keating's letter through to the broad agreement, through to comments made on radio by the acting head of the NCPA - had undertaken to enter into negotiations with the ACT on the issue of contamination when we knew what we were talking about. There is any amount of evidence that that is the case. I have never said - - -
Ms McRae: No, there is not. Table it.
MRS CARNELL: What I am saying, Ms McRae, is: You tell this Assembly when it was that I said that there was an offer. Then we might be able to enter into some agreement.
MS TUCKER: My question is for Mr De Domenico. I gave him considerable notice of this question. This morning the bus I was going to take to work did not turn up. As it was in commuting time there was extreme congestion and a lot of very disgruntled passengers on the bus I eventually caught. I think you actually lost two passengers permanently as a result of it. Apparently, this has been happening far too often. My question is: How often have buses not turned up for set routes in the last three weeks, and what are the main reasons for this?