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needlessly frightens people who are living along Northbourne Avenue or in any of the homes where new homes are being made for these people. The new homes will be homes that best meet people’s needs.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what is the ACT government doing to ensure that the residents of Owen flats will be relocated to Housing ACT dwellings that will meet their individual needs—for example, those elderly residents who cannot climb stairs?

MS BERRY: We will ask them.

ACTION bus service—performance

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services. I refer to comments made on 25 March by the Chief Minister, when he said:

We cannot guarantee a workforce on weekends, public holidays and indeed service holidays … It makes it very difficult to improve public transport in the city given those constraints.

Will these constraints be considered as part of the next enterprise bargaining round for ACTION buses?

MR RATTENBURY: Yes, those are issues the government is concerned about. The example of the Anzac Day substitute holiday on 27 April—which is what elicited those comments—highlights the fact that ACTION does not have a seven-day roster where it can require drivers to drive on those days. That has produced the situation we have on 27 April.

The government is looking to work with the staff of ACTION in order to get improved efficiencies and improved flexibility when it comes to work practices on some of these matters so that we can improve the performance of ACTION for the benefit of the community.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, will the move to a seven-day roster be non-negotiable in the next round of enterprise bargaining?

MR RATTENBURY: The government has not formulated its detailed strategy for the next round of enterprise agreement bargaining as that is not until 2017.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, will the government release the study reportedly undertaken by Cagney and, if so, when?

MR RATTENBURY: A decision has not been taken on that at this point in time.

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