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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2001 Week 2 Hansard (1 March) . . Page.. 490..


A disabled sticker-

MR SPEAKER: This is not a personal explanation at all.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, will you wait until I am finished?

MR SPEAKER: No, I will not. This is not a personal explanation. Use the adjournment debate.

MR BERRY: Mr Speaker, I am happy to seek leave to table the letter, for Mr Smyth's information.

Leave granted.

MR BERRY: I present the following paper:

Parking for people with disabilities at Bruce Stadium-Copy of letter from Kate Carnell MLA, Chief Minister to Mr Wayne Berry MLA, dated 6 July 2000.

MR SPEAKER: Then table it. Thank you, but it is not a personal explanation.

MR BERRY: I thought it was personal when I took it up with the constituent who raised the issue. Basically, Mr Speaker-

MR SPEAKER: There is no personal explanation.

MR BERRY: I personally raised this issue with the then Chief Minister. She told me personally that they remained free parking. Mr Smyth does not seem to know that.

MR SPEAKER: Sit down or I will name you.

Questions without notice

Special needs students

MR STEFANIAK: Yesterday in answer to a question by Mr Rugendyke about transport for special needs students-and I am looking at the transcript-I said I would get back to him if the information was different. By way of elaboration on funding that went to mainstream schools for excursions for disabled kids, there was, in fact, a grant that was provided to learning support units in mainstream schools, to cover the cost of planned excursions.

We have some 15 government schools that have learning support units and the students enrolled in those units are those who would also be eligible for enrolment in special schools. It is a fact that this funding goes to them in those special needs units in the mainstream schools.


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