Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 2073 ..
MR BERRY (continuing):
I come back to this point: The wages and working conditions that you are criticising now are the wages and working conditions that you agreed to in the current enterprise bargaining agreement. If there is no agreement to change the enterprise bargaining agreement, these are the wages and the working conditions which will be part of an award, if you like, for bus drivers. It just does not end because you disagree. The interesting point about that is that you agreed to this course in their enterprise bargaining agreement. What you are whingeing about are the things that you agreed to. What you have to do if you want to resolve this issue is sit around the table and sensibly negotiate with the unions along reasonable industrial lines. If you cannot rise to the occasion and you cannot get past your ideology, do not let the Canberra community suffer as a result of your incompetence.
MR SPEAKER: The member's time has expired.
MR SPEAKER: Members, I would like to inform you of the presence in the gallery of Mr Steve Hatton, MLA, chairman of the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs of the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory, and the secretary of the committee, Rick Gray. We welcome you to the ACT Assembly.
MR STANHOPE: My question is to the Minister for Health and Community Care. Mr Speaker, in speaking to the matter of public importance yesterday, the Minister announced that the Federal Government had committed itself to funding an application by ADD Inc. and the Ted Noffs Foundation for the establishment of a juvenile rehabilitation centre in Canberra. The Minister said:
... Michael Wooldridge will allow funding from those three separate sources to be put together into one program. That will give us the wherewithal to support the application by the ADD Inc. and the Ted Noffs Foundation for a youth treatment and rehabilitation facility in the ACT. We will be prepared to provide at least part of Watson Hostel for that rehabilitation program. Mr Stanhope, that is an announcement that Dr Wooldridge is happy to have made public and that he has agreed to.