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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2012 Week 6 Hansard (10 May) . . Page.. 2372..


MR SPEAKER: A supplementary, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, given that there are upwards of 25 schools that have reports with recommendations for action as soon as practicable and that the reports are up to five years old, what assurances can you provide that at least the older issues have been addressed?

DR BOURKE: It is simply not appropriate to report on every nail or every screw that has been placed in an ACT school, in each and every one of our 84 schools. This is maintenance work which occurs in every school every day, every week.

MS HUNTER: A supplementary.

MR SPEAKER: Yes, Ms Hunter.

MS HUNTER: Minister, have financial resources been set aside to deal with the removal of asbestos that has been identified through these asbestos management plans that you provided to us recently?

DR BOURKE: Yes.

Industrial relations—long service leave

MS PORTER: My question is to the Minister for Industrial Relations. Given a recent media report of an intention to wind back the provision of long service leave to ACT workers, can the minister advise the Assembly of the origins of long service leave and its ongoing relevance today?

DR BOURKE: I thank the member for her question and acknowledge her long contribution to industrial relations in the territory.

Australia has moved on from the days of the First Fleet and colonisation that the opposition appear willing to take Canberra workers back to. Long service leave has its origins—

Mr Coe: A point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: One moment, Dr Bourke. Stop the clocks, thank you.

Mr Coe: I ask that the minister be directly relevant to the question.

Mr Hargreaves: On the point of order, Mr Speaker.

MR SPEAKER: Yes.

Mr Hargreaves: "Can the minister advise the Assembly of the origins"—that is the salient part of the question.


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