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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 10 Hansard (26 August) . . Page.. 4347..


MRS DUNNE (continuing):

The minister also said that she did not believe it was appropriate for matters of this kind to be raised in the Assembly. Unfortunately, I have to differ. This matter has been going on for close on two years and it is costing the department of education a substantial amount of money because it is having to pay Comcare in relation to these claims.

I noticed yesterday that the minister, in wrapping up the achievements of the government, said that the ACT government had actually had a reduction in its Comcare premiums. I would submit, Mr Speaker, that if we do not clean up what is happening in this school-and if it is happening in this school, it may be happening elsewhere-it is likely that that turnaround in our Comcare premiums will not be long lasting.

I would ask the minister to ensure that a full, independent and outside inquiry be undertaken, perhaps by WorkCover, into the conditions that are being experienced in the high school that I have raised with her, and that this issue be solved for the benefit of everyone-for the benefit of all the teachers involved, the supervising teachers and the junior teachers.

Answers to questions on notice

Mr Stanhope presented answers to the following questions:

Youth legal service-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Ms Dundas and taken on notice on 12 March 2003.

ACT Public Service-Indigenous employees-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Ms Dundas and taken on notice on 25 September 2002.

Department of Justice and Community Safety-Premises-Answer to question without notice asked of Mr Stanhope by Mr Stefaniak and taken on notice on 19 August 2004.

Paper

Mr Stanhope presented the following paper:

ACT Government Ministerial Delegation to China (13-18 March 2004) and the United Kingdom (19-27 March 2004)-Report.

Community advocacy agencies-statutory oversight

Paper and statement by minister

MR STANHOPE (Chief Minister, Attorney-General, Minister for Environment and Minister for Community Affairs): For the information of members, I present the following paper:

The right system for rights protection-ACT Government position paper on the system of statutory oversight in the ACT and Review of Statutory Oversight and Community Advocacy Agencies-Government response, dated August 2004.

I seek leave to make a statement.

Leave granted.


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