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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2006 Week 8 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2587..


MR STEFANIAK (continuing):

who have a very real interest and bearing on our education system—like the business sector, the universities, the vocational education and training sector—can all have their say and make their recommendations.

When the college system started it was good enough to be dedicated to talking to people for about two or three years, to ensure that what we came up with—which was quite revolutionary—worked. Surely at least 18 months should be set aside for a full inquiry under the Inquiries Act. The government has not put up any reasons at all why this should not occur.

Mrs Dunne: Except that it is not its idea.

MR STEFANIAK: Except it is not its idea. Thank you, Mrs Dunne. This is something the community would want to see. This is something of a duty regarding education. The government should support it.

MR SPEAKER: Order! The member's time has expired.

Question put:

That Mr Stefaniak's motion be agreed to.

The Assembly voted—

Ayes 6

Noes 8

Mrs Burke

Mr Smyth

Mr Barr

Mr Hargreaves

Mrs Dunne

Mr Stefaniak

Mr Berry

Ms MacDonald

Mr Mulcahy

Mr Corbell

Ms Porter

Mr Seselja

Mr Gentleman

Mr Stanhope

Question so resolved in the negative.

Adjournment

Motion (by Mr Corbell ) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

Vietnam veterans

MR STEFANIAK (Ginninderra—Leader of the Opposition) (5.58): I raise just one matter. To start with, I congratulate the Chief Minister on an excellent service for the Vietnam veterans a week before the opening of the war memorial for the people from the ACT who served in the armed forces. Congratulations on that, Chief Minister. That was very well received by the Vietnam vets, as was the Prime Minister's apology and the reception he gave at Parliament House.

I mentioned earlier last week that I was looking forward to catching up with my old friend Tony Sharp, the elder brother of platoon commander Gordon Sharp who was killed at Long Tan. I also had the opportunity to catch up with a lot of veterans, a few of


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