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Yesterday, Mr Conlon insisted there was nothing wrong with the ventilation in the trams. But he admitted the Government faces pressure to deal with the number of people catching the tram in the city.
In Question Time in Parliament yesterday, Mr Conlon went on the offensive, branding his Opposition counterpart, Duncan McFetridge, "pathetic" over his questioning of the service. The heated response came on the day The Advertiser revealed that four passengers had fainted aboard trams on Monday morning.
Mr Conlon dismissed claims by Dr McFetridge that poor airconditioning was to blame. " . . . there were no complaints about it in August," he said. "If you listen to (Dr McFetridge) you are likely to be kidnapped and taken off for some sort of alien probe if you ride these trams. "
Mr Conlon said it was not unusual for people to faint on public transport and it was "the body's defence mechanism against a number of ills". But he did admit an increase in the number of tram users had put pressure on the system. "It does present us with pressures on patronage, particularly on two tram rides in the morning," he said.
Earlier, at a press conference, Dr McFetridge was accompanied by two scantily clad models – in a stunt designed to question whether their clothing was what the public was expected to wear on hot trams during winter. He said the Government must fix airconditioning in the trams. "There is a very serious side to this issue and that is the airconditioning on the trams has not been working from day one and we have seen upgrade after upgrade," Dr McFetridge said. "Who does the Government blame? They blame the people. "Perhaps the minister can enlighten us as to what he thinks the dress code for the trams (should be)."
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