Page 274 - Week 01 - Thursday, 15 February 2018

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MR RAMSAY: The information that has been made available is broad and has been quite widely available. We continue to work, as we have been, to ensure that Canberra is safe, remains safe and does so in a way that is most effective for the safety of the community.

Mr Hanson: Supplementary question, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: A brief supplementary, Mr Hanson.

MR HANSON: Briefish, Madam Speaker, but with no preamble. Minister, again, why was not this report made public while the laws were being debated last year? Are there are any other reports about organised criminal activity that are being kept secret?

MR RAMSAY: I reject the inference that anything is being kept secret.

MS CHEYNE: Minister, is there any evidence from other jurisdictions showing that criminal organisation control laws have ever been used against gangs?

MR RAMSAY: I thank Ms Cheyne for the question and for her interest in this and in the health and wellbeing of the community. What we have made very clear, and we will continue to do so, is that this government will work on not only what is human rights effective but also on what is effective in terms of law enforcement. As we know, there is no evidence that the criminal organisation control orders that are so beloved of the opposition have had any impact or in fact have ever been used across Australia in any jurisdiction.

ACTION bus service—carbon neutral vehicles

MS LE COUTEUR: My question is to the Minister for Transport and City Services and relates to the purchase of 200 new buses for the ACTION bus fleet. Given that the government is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero as quickly as possible and that every new bus will have an operational life of at least 20 years, I guess, how will the minister ensure that all new buses purchased under ACTION’s contract are electric or other zero-emissions technology?

MS FITZHARRIS: I think Ms Le Couteur referred to an additional 200 buses; we are purchasing an additional 80 buses, and 40 have been purchased for delivery this year. Those buses are not electric buses, but as Ms Le Couteur and members know, there is a trial underway. This is a significant trial, and there are both electric buses and a hybrid bus being trialled in the ACT. We are keen to see the outcomes of that trial. We committed to an electric bus and hybrid bus trial at an early stage so that we could assess the effectiveness of an electric bus, particularly an electric bus that can cover our whole network.

We have been very pleased so far with the performance of the buses. They will be tested over the course of this year but, as I indicated when the purchase of the 40 new buses was made earlier this year, we will continue to explore every opportunity to use emerging electric bus technology because we know that it will significantly decrease

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