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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 8 Hansard (9 August) . . Page.. 2749 ..

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Osborne, you are not in the locker room now. Behave yourself.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, had it been a member of this side of the chamber who persistently defied your orders you would have warned them by now. The accreditation enhances the current level of passenger and community safety, as I mentioned, and it brings the ACT into line with other states. I have never been a fan of blindly following New South Wales standards, as the minister would well know, but in this case I concur. I think it is necessary. With the involvement of the minister in the national transport minister's forum, that is where we can address those consistency standards.

Mr Speaker, the Labor Party is committed to ACTION and its employees. It is committed to a public bus service and, as I said, if we had our druthers we would have it as the only public bus service. ACTION is the ACT's main provider of transport services. It must be encouraged to grow as the ACT's main bus service. It must be encouraged to grow. These bills are a way forward for ACTION. Mr Speaker, as I mentioned briefly before-

Mr Osborne: What's the difference? Tell me the difference.

MR HARGREAVES: The difference at the moment, as far as I am concerned, is that, as Ms Tucker said, we keep saying that ACTION must be on a commercial footing.

Mr Osborne: Tell me the difference.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Mr Osborne, if you wish to speak again you may stand and ask and I am sure your request will be granted.

Mr Osborne: I will have to.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves has the floor at the moment.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, there is a standing order about warning people.


MR HARGREAVES: I ask you please, the next time this occurs, to treat Mr Osborne with the same courtesy as you treat me.

MR SPEAKER: I am sure Mr Osborne will observe what I said, otherwise next time-

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