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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 14 Hansard (6 December) . . Page.. 5692..

relation to this matter and, frankly, I am a little disappointed that they would go down this childish path.


MR HARGREAVES: My question is to Minister Bourke in his capacity as Minister for Education and Training. He promises to be the best education minister since Andrew Barr.

Opposition members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, members. Order! Mr Hargreaves has the call.

MR HARGREAVES: Thanks very much, Mr Speaker. That took 15 seconds for those people to make geese of themselves—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves, the question, thank you.

MR HARGREAVES: Fifteen seconds—a bit slow.

MR SPEAKER: Mr Hargreaves.

MR HARGREAVES: Can the minister advise the Assembly on his priorities as Minister for Education and Training?

DR BOURKE: I thank Mr Hargreaves for his question. I am particularly excited by my portfolio responsibilities. Of course my primary responsibility will be as Minister for Education and Training but I can see great opportunities for developing linkage between all four of my portfolio areas.

As Minister for Education and Training I believe that we must use our existing assets in the knowledge economy to build the clever capital where ideas are grown and then marketed to the world.

Mr Smyth interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Mr Smyth! Order! One moment, Dr Bourke. Stop the clocks, thank you. Mrs Dunne.

Mrs Dunne: On a point of order, Mr Speaker, I seek your guidance on whether it is appropriate to ask a minister what his personal priorities are. Any minister is responsible for the administration of his portfolio but I am wondering whether it is appropriate to ask about the priorities.

Government members interjecting—

Mrs Dunne: Not government priorities; his priorities.

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