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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 1996 Week 4 Hansard (18 April) . . Page.. 1087..


MR SPEAKER: Order, Mr Berry! I would remind all members, and I would remind the Ministers, that answers to questions without notice should be concise and confined to the subject matter. Proceed, Mr Stefaniak.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Berry might also notice that it was school holidays at the time. When the matter was further investigated, Ginninderra District High School had consented.

Mr Berry: The school closed, mate. Didn't you know?

MR STEFANIAK: If you listen you might learn something, Wayne. Ginninderra District High School had been approached by Copland College for those basketball posts. They had agreed to that. Indeed, those posts are now at Copland College. A large number of Charnwood students go to Copland College, Mr Speaker, and that is something Mr Berry should be aware of. Far from depriving people of the area of a resource, that resource has been given to a large number of people. Wrong again, Wayne!

MR BERRY: After an answer like that, what makes the Minister think that the community will believe that he will not now wander over there with a bulldozer and knock the school down by stealth? What a rough old answer!

MR SPEAKER: Is that a supplementary question?

MR BERRY: That is a supplementary question. While he is at it he might try dealing with the earlier parts of the question as well.

MR SPEAKER: I am sure that Mr Stefaniak will try to answer that.

MR STEFANIAK: There was something about an underpass, but I will answer that supplementary question, Mr Speaker. In terms of what is proposed for Charnwood High or Charnwood redevelopment, there will be ample community consultation because that is something that this Government is committed to, unlike the previous Government. Mr Speaker, in all of this, Mr Berry really should be very keen to get his facts right and not blow something completely out of all proportion. His claim that this was the demolition of Charnwood High School is quite clearly outrageous.

P and C Associations - Fundraising Information

MS McRAE: My question is to Mr Stefaniak in his capacity as Minister for Education. Minister, can you explain the response that I received to a question on notice in regard to the amount of money raised by the P and C councils? The response was:

P and C Associations operate as separate legal entities being formed as incorporated associations in accordance with the Associations Incorporation Act 1991. The P and C Associations maintain separate financial records which are not available to the Department. As a result, it is not possible to provide the requested information.


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