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Revised Canberra bus timetables

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The Minister for the Capital Territory, Senator Withers

announced today that the introduction of revised Canberra bus

timetables and. services foreshadowed by the previous Government

would not be introduced until the Government elected on December 13

had the opportunity to consider the proposals in detail. He

understood the changes would be necessar;/ยท if the service was to

operate within the $ 3 -9m subsidy provided in the Budget. Planning

for the cZnanges would continue.

Senator Withers said that the changes which would

substantially reduce the cost of operating the Canberra "bus service

were being planned before the Whitlam Government went.out of office.

However, bus drivers' earnings would be significantly reduced under

the new rosters and the character of the service would be significantly

changed. The details had not been cleared by Mr Bryant. Senator

Withers said he felt that in these circumstances this was an initiative

which the present government should not take particularly in view of

the conditions under which the commission had been given to Mr Fraser.

13 November 1 975