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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 4 Hansard (29 March) . . Page.. 1184 ..

Mr Osborne: Mr Temporary Deputy Speaker, could you inform Mr Rugendyke that it is rude to walk between someone speaking and the chair? He just walked straight in front of Mr Kaine. I wonder whether you could draw his attention to that.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER (Mr Berry): Thank you, Mr Osborne, for your help. I did not notice that. I call Mr Kaine.

MR KAINE: I had had concluded my remarks, thank you, but I must say I was quite offended by Mr Rugendyke doing that.

MR TEMPORARY DEPUTY SPEAKER: I am sure Mr Rugendyke will come over to you and apologise for upsetting you so much.

MR WOOD (3.56): I want to refresh Mr Stefaniak's memory and perhaps stop the development of some urban myths. I was interested to hear Mr Kaine's comment about what his government had done with respect to draft budgets and consultation. I want to point out to this Assembly that Chief Minister Rosemary Follett took a very strong step in this regard. There is a document upstairs in one of the filing cabinets that I could show to anybody if they wished to see it. Ms Follett did something that this government has not done in its years of claimed draft budgets. She put out figures showing groups and areas where there were going to be cuts in assistance. Any member at the time would know the influx of complaints to us. Ms Follett took a very strong step in that regard. I have very strong memories also of the extensive consultations that took place and the deputations that came into the cabinet room upstairs in the old building across the way. I remember it well.

I just want to stop the development of these myths that earlier government, whether Kaine or Follett governments, simply did not do anything and that these are wonderful new steps. That simply is not the case.

Question resolved in the affirmative.


Mr Smyth presented the following papers:

Road Transport (General) Act, pursuant to section 216-The Nominal Defendant (Australian Capital Territory)-Report for 2000, dated 9 February 2001.

National Road Transport Commission Act (Commonwealth-National Road Transport Commission-Report and financial statements, including the Commonwealth Auditor-General's report for 2000, dated 29 September 2000.

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