Page 2699 - Week 09 - Wednesday, 26 September 2007

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Study trip reports:

Study trip—Report by Ms MacDonald MLA—United States, including California and Washington DC, 25 June to 17 July 2007.

Study trip—Report by Mr Smyth MLA—Menzies Research Centre Health Roundtable for State and Territory Shadow Ministers for Health—Sydney, 10 and 11 May 2007.

Study trip—Report by Mr Smyth MLA—Menzies Research Centre State Policy Conference—Sydney, 1 June 2007.

Mr Corbell presented the following paper:

Petition—out of order

Battery cages—Dr Foskey—(146 signatures).

Road safety and driver education

Debate resumed.

MR HARGREAVES (Brindabella—Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Minister for Housing, Minister for Multicultural Affairs) (3.31): Mr Pratt demanded that the government do this and the government do that and the government do something else, but did not actually propose what the opposition will do. Mr Speaker, he says that there is much evidence to prove his point, but he did not provide us with any evidence. He did not actually provide us with any statistics or any academic research to say where he got his position from. He says that the opposition’s position will be developed in consultation with the P-plate drivers. Well, Mr Speaker, I have to say this: he has been here for three years, he has been the shadow minister for this sort of thing for seven years, and he still has not come up with anything. He has been responsible for the opposition’s position on road safety for seven years—

Mr Pratt: No, no, no.

MR HARGREAVES: This guy has not produced anything.

Mr Pratt: One year, I think, John.


Mr Pratt: One year, or 18 months or something.

MR HARGREAVES: Okay. Well, there has been absolutely nothing—they still have not got a policy. Mr Speaker, nothing of substance has been contributed to show what their position is—just criticism and complaint. It is opposition for its own sake. It is negative, possibly for some negative media exposure, but it is not quite the position of an opposition. It does not tell us anything about what they would do as an alternative government.

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