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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 9 Hansard (25 September) . . Page.. 2610..


MR HARGREAVES (continuing):

Interestingly, Mr Speaker, Mrs Burke does not indicate that, in fact, two young people have been apprehended by the police and in fact have been charged.

Mr Pratt: After 58 incidents!

MR HARGREAVES: There is no acknowledgement about this. I challenge Mr Pratt, through you, Mr Speaker, to come up with the dimensions of the crystal ball that he uses to predict the whereabouts of such rock-throwing incidents.

Mr Pratt: Fifty-eight incidents, two people!

MR HARGREAVES: In line with Mr Pratt's intention to have a policeman at the bottom of every driveway, it would appear, in fact, that he wants a policeman—

Mr Barr: On the side of every road.

MR HARGREAVES: On the side of every road, next to every bus stop and hiding behind every tree. Well, I am sorry about that. We do endeavour to second guess people who are likely to throw a projectile at a bus, but at this stage of the game I have to leave it to the experts.

MR SPEAKER: Mrs Burke with a supplementary question.

MRS BURKE: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Minister, why are you so devoid of ideas to combat this growing and worsening trend when other jurisdictions have seen fit to take a range of actions?

MR HARGREAVES: Mr Speaker, I have answered that question.

Schools—closures

DR FOSKEY: My question is to the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services and it concerns the surplus school sites options workshops. Minister, it appears that the general community was first notified about the timing and location of the workshops on 19 September via a public notice in the Canberra Times, which effectively gave the community only five days warning, since the first workshop was on 24 September. Could the minister please confirm when different stakeholders and the community in general were first notified about the time and location of each workshop and the various methods used to notify the community?

MR HARGREAVES: I thank Dr Foskey for her ongoing interest in this issue. In fact it was in May, around about the 15th—I could get the exact date wrong—I think, that I held a press conference here in the Assembly and indicated to the community that we were embarking upon this course. In May of this year we embarked on this course. I indicated to them, and in pictures, four different options that we could explore around the community facilities, which we now know as closed schools.

Mr Speaker, my understanding is that the three processes that are going to be engaged in during the consultation process are, firstly, contact with a whole list, a significant


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