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VENTURA BUS LINES - QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Mr M O'BRIEN (Malvern—Leader of the Opposition): My question is to the Minister for Public Transport. As reported in the Age on 18 October 2018, the state government intervened in a private industrial dispute between Ventura Bus Lines and the Transport Workers Union and that, as a result of that intervention, 'the peace deal may have cost taxpayers tens of millions of dollars’. Minister, how much taxpayer money has your government spent in settling a private dispute between a business and a union? 

 

Mr M O'BRIEN (Malvern—Leader of the Opposition): My supplementary question is to the Minister for Public Transport. In the interests of full transparency and disclosure— 

Members interjecting. 

The SPEAKER: Order! The first few question times of this new Parliament were conducted with a degree of civility and respect that we would expect from members of this place. Yesterday and today have not begun as well. I warn members that I will exercise the powers that have been provided to me in the sessional orders to remove members from this place if they shout across the chamber. I warn government members in particular while this question is being asked not to shout across the person asking the question. Likewise, when the minister is asked to respond, I ask members of the opposition not to shout across her. 

Mr M O'BRIEN: Minister, in the interests of full transparency and disclosure— 

Mr Eren interjected. 

The SPEAKER: Order! The member for Lara will leave the chamber for the period of 1 hour. Member for Lara withdrew from chamber. 

Mr M O'BRIEN: Minister, in the interests of full transparency and disclosure, will you today release the criteria by which your government decided to spend taxpayers money to settle a private dispute between a business and a union?

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