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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Release - Green should intervene

Media Release

Shadow Minister for Infrastructure
Friday, 20 January 2006

Green should intervene in bus
drivers’ dispute to ensure public is not inconvenienced

Infrastructure Minister, Bryan Green, should intervene in the Metro bus drivers’ dispute to ensure that no member of the public is inconvenienced by a possible strike, Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Brett Whiteley said today.

Mr Whiteley said that as the Minister responsible for Metro, a Government Business Enterprise, Mr Green, known for his hands-off approach, needs to involve himself in the dispute assisting Metro management with the claims of the bus drivers.

“Many Tasmanians are reliant on Metro bus services to get to work, to educational facilities, to shopping centres or to medical facilities and the Minister should see that not one Tasmanian is inconvenienced by the possibility of a strike next week,” Mr Whiteley said.

“It is simply not good enough for Minister Green to shrug his shoulders and wave away the issue as the responsibility of someone else.

“He should be looking to develop a compromise solution and ensuring that this is done in a minimal amount of time.

“If Minister Green and the Lennon Labor Government are at all serious about providing reliable public transport services, then the Minister should be working very hard with Metro management and the bus drivers over the weekend to absolutely kill off any possibility of a disruption to Metro services,” Mr Whiteley said.

For more information, please contact:
Patrick Clancy (03) 6233 2505 or 0411 279 252


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