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on the current rail precinct. The economic, social and cultural return is there for the taking. Let us make sure that we do not abandon good ideas but rather do all we can to preserve organisations such as the Australian Railway Historical Society and thus ensure that our culture and heritage live on for future generations.

Mr Speaker, I know that you are an avid train fanatic. I know that you have been quite interested in this project too, as indeed has the planning minister, Mr Corbell. I hope that we will continue to see positive moves for the ARHS. I thank the government for all their efforts in this work.

Industrial relations—Qantas
Condolence on loss of father

MR MULCAHY (Molonglo) (6.26): In the limited time available, Mr Speaker, I will not go into the detail of what I wanted to speak about on fiscal policy but just take up Mr Gentleman’s point. I will be interested in making inquiries of Qantas because, in my involvement in industrial affairs over 30-odd years, I usually find that there are always two sides to the story. Qantas is a very critical employer in the ACT; it is a partner of the ACT government; it is the provider of the territory’s travel; and I would be very surprised if they, in a cavalier fashion, threw people out onto the street. That is not the reputation they enjoy as an airline. In fairness to them, I will make those inquiries. I do not see the relationship with John Howard on every transgression that occurs in the workplace, but I do believe that matter needs an airing to see if it is as harsh and as unreasonable as presented.

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Chief Minister, the Leader of the Opposition and other members for the condolences extended to me this day on the loss of my father. Thank you.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.28 pm, until Tuesday, 18 October 2005, at 10.30 am.

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