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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 6 Hansard (7 June) . . Page.. 1572..

Mr Pratt: and your department concurrently is not following them up.

MR BARR: It is a police matter, Mr Pratt. If this is a sexual assault that you are alleging and it has been referred to police, it is a police matter.

Mr Pratt: We are talking about a criminal offence.

MR BARR: It is a criminal offence, Mr Pratt.


MR BARR: It is a police matter. It is not something that I would expect school principals to conduct police reviews of sexual assaults, alleged sexual assaults. It is a police matter.

Mr Pratt: It is a criminal offence for your teachers not to be passing on information.

MR BARR: I am satisfied that the measures that have been put in place that require reporting to directors of schools immediately a written report within 24 hours are appropriate. My concern—and this is something I will be taking up with the non-government school education council—is that similar approaches are taken in every school in the ACT. It is an absolute fallacy to suggest that these issues are unique to the government system. They are not. They occur in both sectors, and it is appropriate that, as minister for education, I am satisfied that both sectors deal with them accordingly. (Time expired.)


DR FOSKEY: My question is to the minister for sport and recreation, Mr Barr, and relates to the dragway. I note that there is still $8 million set aside in the 2007-08 budget for the dragway. I ask the minister to confirm that the Majura site is still ruled out and whether any other sites are under consideration.

MR BARR: Yes, I can confirm that that money was rolled over in the 2007-08 budget. I have written to three commonwealth ministers—Jim Lloyd, Brendan Nelson and Senator Minchin—in relation to this issue and have received two responses. Looking at alternate sites, the commonwealth has indicated some willingness to negotiate around some other national land that is available, but a full process would have to be gone through before anything would happen in relation to that. I am still waiting to hear from the defence minister, as I understand that the land that both Senator Minchin and Minister Lloyd referred to is defence property. Negotiations are ongoing. The money has been rolled over. I have no further announcements to make at this time.

It being 3.00 pm, questions were interrupted pursuant to the order of the Assembly.

Appropriation Bill 2007-2008

Debate resumed from 5 June 2007, on motion by Mr Stanhope:

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