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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1995 Week 5 Hansard (24 August) . . Page.. 1431..


MRS CARNELL: We did not have anything at all to do with this.

Ms Follett: It was never accepted by us.

MRS CARNELL: It has not been accepted by us either. In the interests of community consultation, we are in the process of getting responses from all interested parties. After those responses are in, again in the interests of community consultation, decisions will be made.

MS TUCKER: I have a supplementary question. Yes, I am aware of that report. I know that there is extreme concern in the community about funding for this area. Are you prepared to increase funding to the area, or are you considering that it should stay how it is?

MRS CARNELL: I think that is probably a second question, but I will answer it, anyway.

MR SPEAKER: You can please yourself because you do not have to announce Executive policy.

MRS CARNELL: Obviously, funding issues will be announced in the context of the budget. Let me restate, in answer to the first question, that the Government has made absolutely no decision on this report that was done under the previous Government. I have some severe personal doubts about reducing hostel beds in the ACT. I think the whole point of the exercise of community consultation is making sure everybody gets an opportunity to have their say, for us to take all of those views on board, including my own, and yours, and making sure we make decisions in the context of the information before us.

Student Assessment

MR WHITECROSS: Mr Speaker, my question without notice is to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. Mr Stefaniak, I refer again to the letter that went from your office concerning this assessment case, the existence of which you revealed for the first time yesterday. Can you confirm that you signed the letter that went from your office? Can you confirm that the letter nominated a specific solicitor to participate in the reassessment process?

MR STEFANIAK: Again, I think the issues of confidentiality are quite clear here.

Ms McRae: It is your letter, is it, or Mr Campbell's?

MR STEFANIAK: Yes, it is, and it is from my office. A number of letters went from my office, Mr Whitecross, in relation to a number of matters; but the letter which I referred - - -


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