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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 7 Hansard (23 August) . . Page.. 2127..

Red Hill primary school

(Question No 1605)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 29 May 2007:

(1) Is the Department of Education and Training aware of the problems faced by Red Hill Primary School in terms of lack of available classroom space to meet growing demand for student places;

(2) Does the Minister approve of students being turned away from the school their older siblings already attend purely because of space constraints;

(3) Does the Department have any plans to expand classroom space at Red Hill Primary School, for example through the installation of demountable classrooms; if not, will the Department seek alternative space for the French-Australian pre-school which currently rents classroom space at Red Hill Primary School, to free up this space for the expansion of the primary school.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes, the Red Hill Primary School Board has raised the issue of space at the school. The school is currently nearing capacity with a waiting list, and would like to enrol more students. It should be noted that the school has sufficient capacity to meet its in area enrolments.

(2) The only time a sibling might be turned away is when they reside outside the priority enrolment area for the school (e.g. NSW) and the school is at absolute capacity.

(3) As a rule, the Department would like to see that any government school has first choice of use of space at the school. Departmental officers are currently engaged in discussions with the French Australia Preschool Association Inc and Property Branch, Territory and Municipal Services, to assist in finding suitable alternative accommodation for the preschool that meets their requirements.

Public service—corporate credit cards

(Question No 1606)

Mr Stefaniak asked the Treasurer, upon notice, on 30 May 2007:

(1) How many corporate credit cards are held by ACTEW officers;

(2) Have there been any instances of inappropriate use of credit cards since 2001; if so, (a) how many, (b) in what circumstances were credit cards used (c) what was the cost of the items purchased;

(3) What disciplinary action was taken against those responsible for inappropriate credit card use.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

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