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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2007 Week 13 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 4143..

(2) Do the police have the power to enforce these laws;

(3) Are the laws being enforced;

(4) Do schools keep data on truancy rates, particularly for use with children at risk.

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

(1) The appropriate legislation on the issue is found in Chapter 2 of the Education Act 2004, Enrolment and Attendance.

(2) This would be a matter for the Minister for Police and Emergency Services.

(3) Student attendance is monitored at school level in accordance with the Education Act 2004. Non-attendance is monitored and followed up by the school in cases where the parents or carers have not provided a 'reasonable excuse'. Non-attendance is also monitored by the Department's Student Services section, which, through the Youth Education Support program, seeks to re-engage young people with school.

(4) All schools are required to track attendance and keep accurate attendance records for all students.

Water—construction sites

(Question No 1747)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for the Environment, Water and Climate Change, upon notice, on 13 November 2007:

(1) Is it viable for non-potable water to be used at the construction of the super school in Higgins to keep down dust levels rather than tankers refilling from the fire hydrant;

(2) Is the Government investigating this option for this and other construction sites.

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

(1) Yes. Non-potable water can be used on the construction of the West Belconnen P-10 School site for dust suppression purposes. The site project manager has previously been notified of this availability.

(2) Yes. The use of various sources of non-potable water for construction purposes is currently under investigation. The Government has also met with the Master Builders Association to work with industry on best practice use of non-potable water.


(Question No 1750)

Dr Foskey asked the Minister for Housing, upon notice, on 13 November 2007:

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