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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (10 February) . . Page.. 470..


Mr Hanson: Mr Speaker, I raise a point of order on relevance. This was specifically a question about the economy, inflation, unemployment and so on and not a pass-judgement on a bill that is before the federal parliament.

MR SPEAKER: I don't see any point of order, Mr Hanson. Do you wish to continue with the answer?

Ms Gallagher: I have finished, thank you.

MR SESELJA: Treasurer, have you received any detailed advice from Treasury regarding the impact of the proposed stimulus package on inflation, employment and gross state product and, if not, why not?

MS GALLAGHER: The Leader of the Opposition would understand that this package came to the ACT Treasury and the ACT government, I think, on Thursday of last week. It was announced on Tuesday. COAG met on the Thursday. We are still working through details of what that actually means. We have some global figures on our allocation. That relates to the $350 million. But Treasury are providing me with advice as it comes to hand.

If you do not want honest briefings from officials who say, "We do not have all the detail yet and we are currently putting that together,"why do we provide briefings? The officials have been as helpful as they can to you, Mr Seeselja. They have given you the information that we have. Some of those other details are still coming.

The federal government had to act quickly. We have agreed that they had to act quickly. And what that means is that we have signed up to a program. We feel able to deliver that program. Some of the details are still being worked through. Yes, I am getting appropriate advice but that advice will be ongoing as we finalise the details with the commonwealth.

Schools—Telopea Park

MS HUNTER: My question is to the minister for education and is in regard to Telopea Park primary school. Is the minister aware that the proposed Doma Group seven-storey building will directly overlook the school's kindergarten playground, when other Australian jurisdictions prohibit such overlooking because it permits inappropriate monitoring and filming of young children? Are you aware that the playground will become a frost hollow, with ice surface risk to very young children each morning, because it will receive no sun at all on winter afternoons? Therefore, given the risks, how will the minister conduct his public duty to ensure that the privacy, safety and security of the youngest children in this government school are prioritised?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Hunter for the question. I am aware that those assertions that Ms Hunter refers to have been made, and I have received direct representations from representatives of the Telopea school community, and as recently as last week met with the board chair, who I understand may be in the gallery today.


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