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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 3 Hansard (17 March) . . Page.. 1002..


MR CORBELL: I will take the question on notice, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Seselja?

MR SESELJA: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Attorney, what are the qualification eligibility requirements for members of the board and do all members of the board, both current and those whose terms recently expired, meet those requirements in full? If no, why did you appoint them to the board?

MR CORBELL: All of the members, both previous and current, have absolutely met the obligations and the qualification requirements that are set out in the relevant legislation. There are judicial and non-judicial members of the board. Judicial members are required to have legal qualifications and a certain amount of legal experience. Non-judicial members are not required to have that experience. I am confident that all appointments have been made in accordance with the relevant legislation.

MR SESELJA: A supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Seselja.

MR SESELJA: Attorney, why have you allowed vacancies on the Sentence Administration Board to remain unfilled? Why did you not ensure that replacement board members were in place when the outgoing members' terms expired?

MR CORBELL: The government and I as the responsible minister have been giving appropriate consideration to options for the replacement and the filling of vacancies that have occurred as a result of members' terms coming to their conclusion. At no time has this compromised the activities of the board. The board has had the necessary quorum and the necessary qualified members to continue to undertake its roles under the relevant legislation.

Schools—investment

MS PORTER: Can the minister please inform the Assembly of the work happening in our schools as a result of the building the education revolution projects?

MR BARR: I thank Ms Porter for the question and for her ongoing interest in the education portfolio.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, could I seek your guidance? The building the education revolution program is a federal government program. I am just wondering the terms under which Mr Barr or anybody else—

MR BARR: It is delivered by the ACT government in ACT schools.

Mrs Dunne: Let me ask the question, and you can come back. I am wondering what are the terms under which Mr Barr or any other member of the government might be able to answer on behalf of a federal government program.


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