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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 1 Hansard (29 April) . . Page.. 202 ..

MR BERRY (continuing):

This constituent is extremely frustrated about his privacy and that of his associates being impinged upon by people somehow finding out where they live each time they move. I do not have an answer and I cannot provide an answer to this constituent. I do not think that I am expected to be able to wave a magic wand and fix this, but I raise it in this place just to draw attention to privacy as an extremely important issue for many members of the community. Those of us who are in politics tend to lose sight of it a bit because our lives are not in the least bit private. We become accustomed to it as we are sometimes loved and sometimes hated. In any event, our lives are very public. We know and understand that when we get into the business not only we but also our families are going to be exposed. I ask members to give some consideration to the privacy issues of others as we move through our business.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The member's time has expired.

Micro-Economic Reform, Competition Policy
and Excellence in the Public Sector

MS TUCKER: I seek leave to table the Greens position on micro-economic reform, competition policy and excellence in the public sector.

Leave granted.

Hall - Bus Services : Privacy

MR STEFANIAK (Minister for Education) (6.11): Given that no-one else is going to speak before we adjourn, I note that Mr Smyth is very interested in the comments Mr Berry made about the Hall buses. I think there is a real issue there. I have spoken to a few people and no doubt Mr Smyth will take that up, as well as the privacy issue. Mr Berry indicated that we should all take note of it, but that can be a very real problem. I would suggest to Mr Berry that he take it up further with Mr Humphries, apart from just mentioning it in the house. He can then provide details of this incident, or incidents, and his particular constituent.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Assembly adjourned at 6.12 pm

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