Page 2483 - Week 08 - Thursday, 6 August 2015

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Radio 1RPH relies on the efforts of its volunteers—more than 100 of them, in fact—who take the time to present live and recorded radio programs and provide production and administration services. Some of them have been volunteering with the station for over 20 years. I take this opportunity to place on the record my appreciation and the appreciation of our broader community for the fantastic, dedicated and unique work that they do.

The ACT government is proud to support this outstanding community organisation so that it can continue to provide the Canberra region with accessible news and information. Congratulations to Radio 1RPH. I wish them many years of success to come.

Members of parliament—travel entitlements

MR COE (Ginninderra) (4.36): This week there have been a number of issues which have been canvassed in the media regarding travel and entitlements. These are, indeed, issues that affect us all, perhaps in different ways. There is no doubt that there is some ambiguity about what is allowed, what is not allowed and what are the grey areas. However, one thing that is for sure is that we all need resolution and certainty going forward as to exactly what the rules are. To that end I commend the Speaker for establishing a way forward to finally give resolution to these concerns.

We as a collective need to resolve these issues. Those on the other side in the Labor Party have been mostly silent on this issue this week. I think that is largely to their credit. However, there is one person who has sought to gain political advantage through this process—that is, of course, Mr Rattenbury, who has done media on several occasions this week regarding the issue.

I think it is important that people in the Assembly realise that this truly is an issue which affects us all and is a concern of all. Therefore, I draw to the Assembly’s attention some travel done by Mr Rattenbury on 13 and 14 June 2013. He attended a forum. The press release for this forum is headed “Greens keeping light rail on track” and it reads as follows:

Momentum behind the Hobart Light Rail project continues to build with the second roundtable meeting of stakeholders and supporters on Friday.

The release continues:

Roundtable convenor Anna Reynolds, Greens candidate for Denison, said this session would be an opportunity for over 30 organisations and businesses to show their support for the light rail project.

“Greens aren’t about talk fests,” Anna said.

It goes on:

“I’m pleased that the Greens’ Minister from the ACT responsible for Canberra light rail is attending the meeting to explain how their project is progressing.”

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