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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 1287..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

schools. The commitment given by the government was that having condom vending machines in schools would remain a decision for the school community. At the moment, there are no condom vending machines in any government college or high school. Some have had them in the past, but they are no longer utilised, and condoms are not being distributed to students by teaching staff.

Condoms are given to students by approved health education agencies, such as Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT, the AIDS Action Council and Directions ACT, in the context of safe sex education programs. Agencies also visit school campuses on a regular basis at facilities such as the Bay at Canberra College or attend one-off health fairs. In rare cases, if a student is judged by student welfare staff to be highly at risk from unsafe sexual practices, they will aim to protect the student and remind the student of safe sex measures and may provide the student with a condom, if appropriate.

Answers to questions on notice

Summernats

MS TUCKER: Under standing order 118A, I seek an explanation regarding a question I asked of Mr Stanhope on Wednesday, 11 February concerning Summernats. Mr Stanhope said that he would take it on notice, but he has failed to make a response.

MR STANHOPE: I regret the delay in answering the question, which I may have taken on notice, and I will have it addressed immediately.

Volunteer bushfire fighters

MR SMYTH: Mr Wood took on notice a question from me concerning indemnity for volunteer bushfire fighters in the lead-up to the last fire season. He said that he would seek further information. I do not believe that I have received it as yet.

MR WOOD: I will check, but I thought I said in the response I gave that if you had any more questions, follow it up. I will take a look at what was said. I am not sure whether there is any more to be said in answer to the question, but I will take a look.

Question No 1267

MR PRATT: Mr Speaker, under standing order 118A, I too seek an explanation in relation to an outstanding question to Mr Wood as Minister for Urban Services in relation to bushfire fuel reduction-Question No 1267.

Mr Wood: It is a very detailed one; too detailed, I think.

MR SPEAKER: I call Mr Wood.

MR WOOD: I will get back to you on it. The answer is on the way.

Mrs Dunne: Mr Speaker, I seek your direction. I thought that under standing order 118A ministers had to give an explanation as to why answers to questions were late, rather than saying, "I will get on to it and get back to you."


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