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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2009 Week 2 Hansard (12 February) . . Page.. 820..


(1) A small number of Canberra Hospital nurses appeared in an Australian Labor Party election advertisement. The hospital was not involved in organising the nurses who appeared and they participated in their own time. The hospital has no jurisdiction over the private activities undertaken by its staff in their own time.

(2) Following a request from the Australian Labor Party, an area of Canberra Hospital was made available for use in an Australian Labor Party election advertisement. The Chief Executive of ACT Health authorised the use of this facility. A request for use of the facility by other political parties would have been similarly responded to. No other political party made this request.

Political advertising

(Question No 6)

Mr Seselja asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 10 December 2008:

(1) Did any staff of (a) the ACT Department of Education and Training, (b) ACT government schools or the (c) Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) feature in Australian Labor Party election advertising; if so, who gave approval for staff to appear in this advertising.

(2) Were any (a) departmental, (b) school or (c) CIT premises used in ACT election advertising; if so, who gave approval for Government facilities to appear in this advertising.

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

(1) I am advised that as far as the Department of Education and Training and the Canberra Institute of Technology are aware, no staff featured in any Australian Labor Party election advertising. All staff were advised of their obligations under the 2008 Caretaker Conventions and the Commissioner for Public Administration's Guidance on Obligations for Public Employees during the Pre-Election Period.

(2) The Department of Education and Training and the Canberra Institute of Technology adhered to the caretaker conventions as outlined in the Australian Capital Territory 2008 General Election Guidance on Caretaker Conventions.

Children—autistic

(Question No 7)

Ms Hunter asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 10 December 2008:

(1) What support is there to help graduate high school autistic children to enter the workforce.

(2) Will all super schools have speech therapists available.


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