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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (30 May) . . Page.. 1188..


MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I am hearing cackling and chortling from across the chamber. It would be very interesting to analyse the names of those 50 people on the list. I suspect that when I ask for the names of those 50 people, the names of Mr Pratt and Mr Seselja will be notably absent from that list. No doubt they find it easier to sit on that side of the house and carp and criticise and really get into it instead of contributing to the debate like the mature contributors we know them to be. If they are not mature contributors, I challenge them to grow up.

Mr Barr: He is not busy plotting for the leadership, is he?

MR HARGREAVES: That is right. I do not want my boss's job.

Schools—closures

MRS DUNNE: My question is to the minister for education. The ACT government's Towards 2020 policy—

Ms Porter: Goodness me, this is a first!

Mr Stanhope: Mr Speaker, we need to note the fact that this is the first question this year from the shadow minister to the minister.

MR SPEAKER: Order, members! Mrs Dunne has the call.

Mr Stefaniak: Jon, we have just had so many to ask you.

MR SPEAKER: The Leader of the Opposition will come to order.

Mr Stanhope: What high priority education is to the opposition!

MR SPEAKER: Chief Minister, come to order, please.

Mr Stanhope: The first question. It's only June.

Mr Stefaniak: It is actually May.

Mr Stanhope: Exactly half a year.

MR SPEAKER: Order, Chief Minister! Everybody should come to order.

MRS DUNNE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. The ACT government's Towards 2020 policy saw the closure of many schools last year, resulting in many students having to change schools. Minister, how many students left the ACT government school system as a result of those school closures?

MR BARR: We conducted a full audit of all of the students who were required to move to a new school from 2006 to 2007. A number of students who live in New South Wales and were enrolled in ACT schools have now moved back to a New South Wales school. The total figure that Mrs Dunne is seeking is about


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