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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (27 February) . . Page.. 326..


MR MOORE (continuing):

care and emergency. We have said in this package that where there are special pressures we will offer a significant bonus to nurses in that area. Not only that, we have also said that if you are prepared to go and do the study, we will assist you with paying for that study. Then when you come back and work in those specialty areas of need for a year, we will give you a significant extra bonus on top of that.

So the package is about dealing with issues of staffing as well as making sure that nurses in the ACT are the highest paid and are working under the best conditions in Australia so that we can attract other nurses. That is what it is about and it flabbergasts me that the union will not allow it to go the democratic way because I think most nurses would recognise that.

Demountable classrooms

MR HIRD: Mr Speaker, I am delighted to see that there are manners in this place and I thank the Leader of the Opposition for his courtesy. Mr Speaker, my question is to the Minister for Education, Mr Stefaniak. It is a pretty simple question. Minister, what does the government propose to do about the high temperatures in demountable classrooms?

Mr Corbell: Open the windows.

MR STEFANIAK: I thank Mr Hird for the question. Indeed, that response from Mr Corbell was one to the time honoured ways of alleviating some problems.

Mr Corbell: That is what you said last week.

MR STEFANIAK: Unfortunately, that is a fact and I think you will find that that is in government manuals and in school manuals. It is also commonsense. Mr Hird, as you are well aware, the department-

Mr Kaine: Mr Speaker, I take a point of order. Do our standing orders not say that a question may not anticipate a matter that is listed for debate in this house.

Mr Hird: On the notice paper.

Mr Smyth: It is not on the notice paper.

Mr Kaine: There is such as matter, as I understand it, on the notice paper.

MR SPEAKER: I only have today's notice paper-I am sorry.

MR STEFANIAK: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Mr Hird, as you have probably heard, the department is in fact monitoring the situation at some five primary schools to ascertain exactly what the temperatures are. In relation to one of the schools, I am advised that from 30 November 2000 to 23 February 2001-some 28 school days-the number of school days where the temperature was 30 degrees or above at noon was one and the number of days where it was 30 degrees or above at 3 pm was eight.


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