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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (5 June) . . Page.. 1401..


MR STANHOPE (continuing):

Chief Minister to be presented with the same opportunity that will be provided to him to respond to the budget. So I look forward, Mr Stefaniak, to attending a Chamber of Commerce organised function on Thursday night in which I expect to be offered an opportunity to respond to your alternative budget and I look forward, of course, to the function on Friday morning—the breakfast at which you and I and our—

Mr Mulcahy: It's on tomorrow.

MR STANHOPE: Yes, the alternative budget will be delivered on Thursday. The alternative budget will be delivered by the Leader of the Opposition on Thursday and I look forward to the opportunity, along with the Leader of the Opposition, to publicly respond to the alternative budget in the way, of course, that the Leader of the Opposition is being granted an opportunity to respond to the budget.

MR STEFANIAK: Mr Speaker, I have a supplementary question. Chief Minister, I might, and I might even charge like you did. My supplementary is: why do members of the ACT business community who wish to scrutinise your budget tomorrow night have to pay up to $1,400 to attend a Labor fundraising dinner?

MR STANHOPE: I have a sneaking suspicion—I think this is at the bottom of the angst which the Leader of the Opposition and the Liberal Party feel—that a significant proportion of those attending the function tonight are members of the 250 Club. Perhaps that is the basis of the concern. That is why the question is a nonsense. Issues around dinners that I attend and the basis on which they are conducted are matters for me and my party. It has to be acknowledged that we have a right to make these decisions on our own behalf, and we did do that.

Schools—building awards

MS PORTER: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, the 2007 master builders association awards night was held last week. Can you tell me whether our public schools were recognised at this event?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for her question and for her continued interest in the public education system in the ACT. I did indeed have the great pleasure, along with my colleagues Mr Hargreaves, Mr Corbell and Ms Gallagher, of being able to attend the master builders association awards night last Friday. It was an excellent night and I thank the master builders association for again putting on such a fantastic gala event showcasing the excellence of the building industry in Canberra and the region. Of particular note and great pride for the ACT government and for me as education minister was the nomination of the Birrigai outdoor school and Ainslie primary school in a number of categories, including the prestigious master builders project of the year award.

Ainslie primary school was the winner of a number of awards. Ainslie primary is a great school. I do note that we have in the Assembly a graduate of Ainslie primary in Mr Gentleman. Ainslie primary is an even better school as a result of the recent refurbishment work. This work received two awards at the MBA awards dinner on Friday night. Binutti Constructions was awarded for best refurbishment in the $1 million to $3 million category. The judges noted that Ainslie primary school has


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