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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 5 Hansard (30 May) . . Page.. 1249..


MR BARR (Molonglo—Minister for Education and Training, Minister for Planning, Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation, Minister for Industrial Relations) (6.15): Mr Speaker, during question time I undertook to table, by the end of sittings today, policies in relation to countering bullying, harassment and violence in ACT public schools. I table the following documents:

Policies in ACT schools, prepared by the Department of Education and Training—

Appropriate use of mobile telephones.

Countering bullying, harassment and violence in ACT public schools.

Countering racism in ACT public schools.

Countering sexual harassment in ACT public schools.

Providing safe schools P-12.


Debate resumed.

John Flynn memorial

MR CORBELL (Molonglo—Attorney-General, Minister for Police and Emergency Services) (6.15): I want to briefly comment on the issues around the plaque at Flynn primary school. It strikes me as a somewhat curious debate, Mr Speaker, because—

Mrs Dunne: So you've got it?

MR CORBELL: No, I do not. I simply want to make the observation that I can imagine the outrage from those opposite if the memorial had been vandalised. What if someone had decided that it needed to be painted over or cleaned up? Imagine Mr Pratt there with his bottle of hydrochloric acid and his rubber gloves. He might have completely obliterated the thing in an attempt to remove what he felt was graffiti. He would have been there with his rubber gloves and bottle of hydrochloric—

Mr Pratt: The only rubber gloves you will ever see, mate, will be on the wrong end of you know where.

MR CORBELL: I do not want to ever come near you when you have got rubber gloves on, Mr Pratt.

MR SPEAKER: Order! Relevance.

MR CORBELL: It is entirely relevant. The issue, of course, is that the Liberal opposition would have been the first to jump on the wagon and ask why the ACT government did not take steps to protect this memorial. That is what the government has done. The Florey shops seem to be a somewhat strange analogy, because the Florey shops are actually open. People are using them and going past every day.

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