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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 4 Hansard (22 April) . . Page.. 1175 ..

Motor Vehicle Testing

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I have further information for Mr Osborne. He asked me a question about the number of vehicles inspected and the number issued with defect notices. For the nine months to March 1999, 39,198 vehicles were inspected during the on-road inspections. This means that the Urban Services Department is on target to meet its estimated 50,000 vehicles that are to be inspected this year. Of the vehicles inspected, 3,451 were found to be defective. As the on-road system did not commence until April 1998, relevant comparative figures are not available for the previous year.


MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I seek leave to make a statement pursuant to standing order 46, and in accordance with your agreement earlier.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, I approve. Proceed.

MR BERRY: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mrs Carnell, in question time, raised the question of why I did not write to all ACTEW customers. Well, that would be a silly thing to do because they are still customers of ACTEW. There was no need to write to those. The ones that I wrote to are ones who have been spirited away by one means or another to other suppliers of electricity. Some may have been convinced that that was going to be the way of the future because of the Government's intention to sell ACTEW, but, as I said to them, since the Assembly made its emphatic decision on the issue of ACTEW things have changed.

Ms Carnell: How many have come back?

MR BERRY: I have had many phone calls in relation to it, and today I received an interesting letter. I will read it to you, Mr Speaker.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, under - - -

MR BERRY: This is in relation to the matter.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, standing order 46 is there to explain where a member has been misrepresented. What is Mr Berry saying he has been misrepresented about? He should explain that without debating it.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, that is right. It cannot be debated, Mr Berry.

MR BERRY: Mrs Carnell also raised the issue of how many I have got back. Well, I will read - - -

Ms Carnell: But, Mr Speaker, that is not a personal explanation. He is debating the issue.

MR SPEAKER: You cannot debate the issue, Mr Berry.

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