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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1999 Week 7 Hansard (1 July) . . Page.. 2014 ..

MR BERRY: Please let me respond to the point of order then. What is the inference, Mr Speaker? The Minister found out that he was wrong and apologised. Why did it take him two days? That is the question I ask.

MR SPEAKER: Oh, I see.

MR BERRY: This is an issue of vilification and one has to ask - - -

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, I appeal to you - - -

MR SPEAKER: Order! I would never have known that from the way you framed the question, Mr Berry.

Mr Humphries: Mr Speaker, the question contained an imputation.

MR SPEAKER: That is correct.

Mr Humphries: The standing orders say that questions should not contain imputations. He is obviously refusing to withdraw the question. Therefore, you should pass to somebody else for a question.

MR SPEAKER: I am ruling it out of order.

TRIPS Computer System

MR RUGENDYKE: My question is to the Urban Services Minister, Mr Smyth. Minister, you are aware that Urban Services has a computer system known as TRIPS which is used by Australian Federal Police members to conduct motor vehicle registration and licence checks. The system goes down for several hours almost every evening, which causes obvious problems for police officers on duty at that time. Is the Minister aware that this system is so unreliable? What is being done to repair it?

MR SMYTH: I thank Mr Rugendyke for his question. It is an important question. It has been brought to my attention that the system often does go down. That is one of the failings of the system. It is an out-of-date and somewhat ageing system and it does need to go down to be refreshed every night and on other occasions it goes down because it is just not up to the job. There is additional funding of some $400,000 in the 1999-2000 budget to investigate the feasibility of replacing the TRIPS system.

Fireworks Display

MR HARGREAVES: Given this Government's commitment to getting the can-do biggest bang for $500,000 bucks - - -

Mr Humphries: Who is the question to, John?

MR HARGREAVES: My question is to the Minister for Urban Services.

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