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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2002 Week 11 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 3223 ..

MR WOOD (continuing):

This year, in excess of 20 magpies in the ACT have been relocated well out into the Namadgi National Park. This is the preferred strategy. We will evaluate it later on. As a last gasp, if a magpie comes back and is particularly problematic, it may be euthanased. But we do not think we would suggest that measure, Mr Hargreaves, with the Melbourne variety of magpies. I understand you would resist that.

If you are harassed by a wayward magpie this season-and I hope this is not too subtle-think of the connections with Collingwood. Do not go fifty-fifty, do not ask the audience, do not phone your friend; ring the swooping magpie hotline.

Mr Stanhope: I ask that further questions be placed on the notice paper, Mr Speaker.

Personal explanation

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a personal explanation under standing order 46.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed.

MR SMYTH: Mr Speaker, during question time, the minister for transport claimed that the previous government had no policy on the bus replacement program. As the minister for transport at the time, I can tell you that it is untrue, Mr Speaker, and I wish to alert the house to that fact.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Standing order 46 is for explanations of a personal nature.

MR SMYTH: I was the minister responsible, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: That the performance of the last government has been raised in this place is not a personal matter.

Bus fleet

MR SMYTH: All right. Mr Speaker, I ask for leave to make a short statement concerning transport.

Leave not granted.

Suspension of standing and temporary orders

MR SMYTH (3.26): I move:

That so much of the standing and temporary orders be suspended as would prevent Mr Smyth making a short statement on transport.

Mr Speaker, when something is said in the house that is untrue, I think it is very important that we take the opportunity to correct it, and ask the member who spoke to that point to acknowledge that he or she has something wrong.

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