Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 5 (Hansard) 16 May) . . Page.. 1371 ..
MR DE DOMENICO (continuing):
Perhaps, instead of continually knocking the ACTION bus service, you should realise that, on the information available, ACTION regularly achieves an operating level of 99.5 per cent. I am extremely sorry that your bus was late this morning. I am extremely sorry that some buses may be late from time to time, Ms Tucker; but I am sure you will realise - - -
Ms Tucker: It was not late; it did not turn up at all.
MR DE DOMENICO: I am sure you realise, Ms Tucker, that in operating at a strike rate of 99.5 per cent ACTION is doing a quite good job.
MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, my question is to the Chief Minister, whom somebody described as Mrs Twenty Million, and it is in relation to the clean-up costs of the Kingston site. This morning on ABC radio you were reported as saying that you have never changed your position that the Commonwealth has undertaken to negotiate its share of the clean-up bill when the cost is known. I seek to table a copy of a transcript of that quote.
MR BERRY: You also said that everybody has made these sorts of comments. I seek to table a copy of a transcript of that quote.
MR BERRY: On 3 May last year you said in this house in relation to the clean-up of Kingston:
The private sector will do the building, will do the levelling of buildings that we do not need, and will do the decontamination of sites. Certainly, that comes with a cost, but whoever does it, under whatever circumstances, that is a cost to this development but not a cost to the ACT Government.
I do not think I need to table that, Mr Speaker. That is on page 146 of Hansard of 3 May 1995. As outlined yesterday by my colleague Roberta McRae, in the Planning and Environment Committee on 28 April last year, when asked by Mr Kaine in relation to the entire Kingston site, "Does the Commonwealth have any responsibility for assisting us to pay the costs?", your departmental officials said no. Not everybody is saying that, are they? Your officials said no. I seek leave to table a copy of page 25 of the Hansard of evidence given before that committee.