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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 4 Hansard (30 March) . . Page.. 1359..


MS GALLAGHER (continuing):

Title agreed to.

Motion (by Ms Dundas ) agreed to:

That clause 36 be reconsidered.

Clause 36-reconsideration.

MS DUNDAS (9.41): Mr Speaker, I move amendment No 3 [see schedule 2 at page 1375] circulated in my name. In line with two amendments that we passed to make sure that students suspended for more than seven school days in a term in the Catholic systemic school and non-government school sectors get counselling, this amendment makes sure that students in government schools who are suspended for seven or more days are provided with the opportunity to attend appropriate counselling.

MR PRATT (9.41): Given that Ms Dundas has reopened the batting, I move my amendment to Ms Dundas's amendment No 3 [see schedule 5 at page 1383]. By this amendment, again, I seek to strengthen the principle that I think Ms Dundas is pushing. It is a reasonable principle but I think it needs strengthening. Perhaps we do not have to go through this same old argument with the Department of Education, but I do seek to see that where a school requires assistance with a student who has been away for seven days or more, that school and the department undertake to organise that appropriate counselling be undertaken.

Mr Pratt's amendment to Ms Dundas's amendment negatived.

Ms Dundas's amendment agreed to.

Clause 36, as amended, agreed to.

Clause 126.

MR SPEAKER: It has been drawn to my attention that we failed to agree to clause 126. I will now put the question that clause 126 be agreed to.

Clause 126 agreed to.

Bill, as amended, agreed to.

Justice and Community Safety Amendment Bill 2003 (No 2)

Debate resumed from 27 November 2003 on motion by Mr Stanhope:

That this bill be agreed to in principle.

MR STEFANIAK (9.44): The opposition will be supporting this particular amendment bill. It is about the ninth in a series of bills dealing with legislation within the justice and community safety portfolio. I think we might have had the first couple. It makes a number of amendments to portfolio legislation which were not deemed of sufficient note


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