Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 6 Hansard (2 September) . . Page.. 1806 ..
That the amendments (Mr Osborne's) be agreed to.
The Assembly voted -
AYES, 9 NOES, 8 Ms Carnell Mr Berry Mr Cornwell Mr Corbell Mr Hird Mr Hargreaves Mr Humphries Mr Kaine Mr Moore Mr Quinlan Mr Osborne Mr Stanhope Mr Rugendyke Ms Tucker Mr Smyth Mr Wood Mr StefaniakQuestion so resolved in the affirmative.
MS TUCKER (5.15): I would like to wrap up the debate. We need to get on the record what has happened here. Obviously, the Government's position changed radically over a very short period of time when it was realised that Mr Rugendyke and Mr Osborne would be supporting my motion unless the amendments were supported. What this means is that the Government has fundamentally acknowledged that their zonal system is very severely impacting on a particular group in the community. They are also acknowledging that the zonal system will have an equally negative impact on every other person who has to use the bus system in the ACT. It is a scandal of this Government. I cannot believe it. Every day it seems to get worse.
Mr Smyth, when he was speaking, was not supporting the amendments. In that speech he said, "We are not going to make any money out of this. This is going to cost us money". When do we make money out of roads? We do not. We call it investment. I want to make the point again. It is always an investment when we put money into roads. It is apparently not an investment when we put money into public transport, even though the benefits of public transport are environmental and social. Even though they are about equity in our society, we do not want to put money into public transport. That is called a subsidy. This is a typical Liberal government that has no idea about social justice or the environment.
Question resolved in the affirmative.