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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1998 Week 7 Hansard (23 September) . . Page.. 2114 ..

Question put:

That paragraph (4) be agreed to.

The Assembly voted -

AYES, 7		 NOES, 10

Mr Berry	Ms Carnell
Mr Corbell	Mr Cornwell
Mr Hargreaves	Mr Hird
Mr Quinlan	Mr Humphries
Mr Stanhope	Mr Kaine
Ms Tucker	Mr Moore
Mr Wood		Mr Osborne
		Mr Rugendyke
		Mr Smyth
		Mr Stefaniak
Question so resolved in the negative.

Paper and Statement by Minister

MR SMYTH (Minister for Urban Services): Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a short statement of clarification.

Leave granted.

MR SMYTH: Ms Tucker asked in her speech that I clarify what I said in regard to the misapprehension that Mr Stanhope and Mr Berry have that I have misled the house. Mr Rugendyke asked a specific question yesterday. That specific question was: "According to ABC radio, Mr Trevor Santi of the TWU stated that ACTION bus drivers had reached agreement with the Government", and it went on. I said in the first part of the answer that we had received no firm offers from the TWU at all, and that is correct.

Mr Rugendyke then asked a supplementary to his first question, "Are you expecting any such agreement?", to which I said that we had been through this process; that I had told Mr Thurston to continue negotiating. Let us see; it would have been Friday the 11th. I even spoke with Mr Santi. The supplementary question was in regard to the first question: "Have you reached an agreement?", and the answer is no. The final line of my answer, which is the line that the Labor Party seems most interested in, says, "We believe that negotiations should continue, but I am yet to hear from the TWU". In relation to the first question, the supplementary question asked, "Are you expecting to hear?", and I simply said, "I am yet to hear from the TWU on that matter".

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