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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 2 April 2008) . . Page.. 861 ..

The truth about the buses—and it might come as a surprise to those opposite who only see orange buses—is that the orange buses have not been purchased since 2004. All of the new buses that have gas-powered engines in them and the wheelchair-accessible buses are—shock and horror, you guys—green. They are green and white. As I said a couple of days ago through the media—because these guys only listen to their own voices—every time we replace a bus that is orange, we will replace it with a green and white one in just the same way as we have been doing for the last four years.

In the budget there was provision, as we know, to replace the buses, because you have to. So, when we replace the buses, we replace the livery. Mr Speaker, $10,000 was, in fact, expended on the logo. When I went to school—which, admittedly, was a long time ago, sadly—$10,000 did not cost you tens of thousands of dollars.

Mr Pratt: I tell you what, it would deliver a few bus shelters.

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Pratt, of course, changes direction like a duck with his feet on fire. It is very, very difficult to work out where they are coming from from time to time. Mr Speaker, what we will be doing with all of these hundreds and thousands of dollars will be talking to the people in the community who are about to experience a brand new bus service. For example, there are 130 bus stop signage bollards. They will have the information on it.

Mr Pratt: Is that two logos, John, old and new?

MR HARGREAVES: I do find this guy with the chequerboard mind tedious, Mr Speaker. I am trying to refute the misinformation that this guy is putting out into the community, and he is talking down this network, talking down this system before it has got one centimetre of rubber on the road.

Mr Gentleman asked me whether I can put that rumour to rest. Yes, I can; yes, I have. Mr Speaker, it is a brand new system; it is a brand new network. It will have a refreshed logo, and it will have the same livery it has got on the road today. I would like members of the opposition to go out there and stand at a bus stop and have a look at one of those great big things with the wheels on them. Those great big things are green!

MR GENTLEMAN: Minister, can you explain to the Assembly how ACTION intends to communicate the network changes to the travelling public?


Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker: can I get your ruling on whether the supplementary relates sufficiently to the first question? The primary question was about logos. This one was about communicating changes to the bus timetable.

Mr Gentleman: On the point of order, the first question was regarding the introduction of the proposed new network.

MR SPEAKER: Proceed, Mr Hargreaves.

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