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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 10 Hansard (4 September) . . Page.. 3016 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

I will not be long, Mr Speaker. I just need to reinforce the point that governments are elected to represent all of the people, not abandon some. When you say that you are going to withdraw services from eight suburbs and it is going to affect the aged, people on low incomes and young people, it is about time that the community rose against you. That is what the men and women at Collingrove Court did. They did it in the full understanding that the Government did not care about them. They have made their point and the Government has listened to them. All we have to do is make sure that the Government delivers and ensure that the services to their residences are maintained. We also have to ensure that this Government does not do any more damage to business in this town. Let us not forget that those businesses have been affected by the flat economy that has been created in this Territory. They are concerned about governments trying to cut things like bus services, which affects their business. Mrs Carnell was responsible for 2,000 job losses before John Howard came along, so they ought to be concerned.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Berry, you asked for an extension of time. You were granted it. Please remain relevant to the motion before the Chair.

MR BERRY: I am, Mr Speaker. It is entirely relevant to discuss the fortunes of small business affected by proposed changes in bus timetables. The fortunes of small business have been affected by this Government so far. We know, do we not? There are thousands more out of work who cannot - - -

Mr De Domenico: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. Could Mr Berry please sit down?

MR BERRY: I would be embarrassed about that too, if I were you.

MR SPEAKER: Please sit down, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: I would be embarrassed about those unemployed.

MR SPEAKER: I do wish all of you people would realise that constant interjections and points of order just continue and lengthen the debates. Both sides might like to consider that.

MR BERRY: I am not interjecting; I am speaking.

MR SPEAKER: Mr De Domenico, what is the point of order?

Mr De Domenico: In consideration of that, Mr Speaker, I suggest that Mr Berry should not be talking about future employment prospects in the ACT. His motion relates to bus services in Belconnen. I suggest that he be called to order and speak on the topic at hand.

MR SPEAKER: I uphold the point of order.

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