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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 6 Hansard (24 June) . . Page.. 2414..


Mr Hargreaves: Do you want to do this sitting down or standing up, Vick?

Mr Hanson: Supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Hang on. Just one moment.

Mr Seselja: What does that mean, exactly? Was that some sort of weak threat?

Mr Hargreaves: We can stand up and make points of order or we can do it sitting down. I do not mind.

MR SPEAKER: I was actually speaking to the Clerk about this matter of opinion yesterday because I think it would be fair to say that many of the questions in the chamber do seek a minister's opinion, but I think there is some line there and I think that this one strays across it. So the question is out of order.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker, does your ruling in fact apply not only to my supplementary but to the preceding questions?

MR SPEAKER: No.

Mr Hargreaves: And why is that?

MR SPEAKER: They were questions about information. They asked whether the minister's office had done certain things. I think that is a question of fact.

Mr Hargreaves: Cool; okay.

MR SPEAKER: Any further supplementaries?

MR HANSON: A supplementary, Mr Speaker?

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

MR HANSON: Minister, why is it that elective surgery patients Allan McFarlane and David Wainwright only received a date for their surgery immediately after their cases were aired in the media?

MS GALLAGHER: I cannot answer on behalf of the surgical booking area but I imagine it was because an available date was there for their surgery.

Schools-safety

MS HUNTER: My question is to the Minister for Education and Training and concerns the 2009 school survey data on safety in schools. Minister, in an answer to a question on notice following the recent estimates process you indicated that results from the survey showed students overall satisfaction regarding safety issues for the 2009 school year was 68 per cent. Can you please advise what the ACT government is doing to address this issue where one in three students are not satisfied with the safety levels in ACT schools?


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