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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 5 Hansard (3 May) . . Page.. 1954..


of its options and I expect there will be future announcements during the term of this Assembly.

MR COE: Supplementary, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Mr Coe.

MR COE: Minister, do you agree with the former Labor minister for transport that light rail would potentially turn the only profitable bus routes into unprofitable rail routes?

MR CORBELL: Not necessarily.

MR SPEAKER: Ms Le Couteur, a supplementary.

MS LE COUTEUR: Minister, when will you announce the funding plan and a time line for the selected project, and will you guarantee that this will be prior to the 2012 election?

MR CORBELL: I thank Ms Le Couteur for the question. I think I have answered that question. I refer her to my answer to Ms Bresnan.

Education—excellence and enterprise policy

MR COE: My question is to the Minister for Education. The government's excellence and enterprise policy released last year says in respect of educational choice, "We recognise that educational choice is healthy and ACT parents are able to choose schools on the basis of family beliefs, values and circumstances."

How does that equate with the Labor Party conference resolution supported by your Chief Minister that, and I quote: "The growth of private education has facilitated the fragmentation of Australia's children along ethnic, cultural and particularly religious lines"? Minister, which sentiments do you support and did you vote for the motion at the Labor conference?

Mr Corbell: Point of order. Mr Speaker, the Minister for Education is not obliged to answer questions in this place when it comes to activities as a member of the Australian Labor Party. Ministers are obliged to answer questions here in terms of their responsibility as a minister, not about what they do as a member of the Australian Labor Party.

Members interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Ms Gallagher and Mr Hanson, thank you!

Mr Seselja: On the point of order, the question is referencing the excellence and enterprise policy, which clearly the education minister is responsible for. Other external things that might impact on those policies are often asked about. Whether the minister has responsibility for that aspect is not relevant because we are asking him


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