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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 2 Hansard (11 March) . . Page.. 583 ..


: I am very happy to, because I will be going to the media. So, they will be available to everybody. They have not been signed off at this stage, Mr Speaker. We are aiming at early April to put that request out to the community. At this stage, the final document has not been finalised.

School Buses - McMillan Crescent

MR OSBORNE: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services and Stupid Ideas, Mr Smyth.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Please address Ministers by their correct titles.

MR OSBORNE: Sorry. I will withdraw that, Mr Speaker. I think he now knows what I am going to ask him. I have noticed with interest your department's and this Government's response to the concerns of both St Eddie's and St Clare's in relation to traffic and, more particularly, safety in McMillan Crescent adjacent to the schools. Is it true, Minister, that you, through your department, have suggested that the schools should just buy the road? Would it not be simpler and safer for this Government to just adopt the proposal, I think put up by the P&C from St Eddie's, to look at closing the road and diverting the buses along Wills Street, which has the room and the capacity to pick up the children and drop them off in the morning and afternoon?

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I thank Mr Osborne for his question. It is curious how these rumours just develop. The first I heard of this proposal that the schools should buy the road was, in fact, in a letter from the headmaster of St Edmund's, I think dated about 22 February, in which he says that it was suggested that the schools could buy the road. I asked the head of ACTION, Mr Thurston, to check on whether such a suggestion had ever been made, and to the best of Mr Thurston's knowledge no such suggestion was ever made.

MR SPEAKER: Do you have a supplementary question, Mr Osborne?

Mr Osborne: It must be the week for short answers, Mr Speaker. I will just go to a point of order first, before asking a supplementary; but I do not think the Minister answered the issue about closing the road off and diverting the buses.

Mr Humphries: I think he did.

Mr Osborne: No, he did not.

MR SPEAKER: Is this a supplementary?

Mr Osborne: No. That is the point of order, Mr Speaker. I have not asked a supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Right, thank you. That is your supplementary.

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