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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 01 Hansard (Thursday, 17 February 2011) . . Page.. 292 ..


MR SPEAKER: Stop the clock, thank you. Mr Coe and Mr Hanson, I remind you both that you have received warnings this week. Chief Minister.

MR STANHOPE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Ms Bresnan, I am sorry for the interruption; TAMS would have proceeded in its investigation of this particular issue with the sole purpose of seeking to meet what it identified as a need.

I must say I have not had discussions or a briefing specifically on the history and the progress of this particular project, but certainly it would have been pursued consistent with other priorities, with resourcing and with capacity within the organisation. I do not know what stage they have reached in their progressing of the particular issue, but that would have been their motivation—one of seeking to meet a public need, and an identified public need. To what extent they have progressed that and the level of progress they have made, I cannot answer that today, but I will certainly take a briefing on that and be more than happy to advise you of where they are up to, the progress they have made, how long they believe they were from a resolution and what the nub of the issue is in relation to the external work that has been done on this particular issue, and the capacity for collaboration between ACTION and others, outside sources, including the students on whose behalf you are making representations.

I do not know the status, or the status of the information that they have, its releasability, whether it is reasonable or appropriate for it to be released, whether it is in a form that can be released. I simply do not know the answers to those questions. In the context of the process that you have put in place, those issues, of course, will now be dealt with through that process. (Time expired.)

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary question?

MS LE COUTEUR: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, when the government has real-time information on ACTION buses, will you release it for use in open source applications?

MR STANHOPE: I will take advice on that question, Ms Le Couteur, and respond to you.

MR COE: A supplementary question, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, do you accept that such software would actually make it easier for people to ride on buses and, therefore, with the delay of such software being available, you are forgoing additional passengers for the ACTION network?

MR STANHOPE: Certainly, Mr Coe, I accept that it would be a very useful tool and a very significant, important additional tool in relation to the services that ACTION can provide and a means for members of the public, most particularly those that would wish to utilise ACTION, to actually have their needs met. I accept that. In an


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