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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 7 Hansard (16 May) . . Page.. 2153..


excellence program is now to expire at the end of 2015. This is the funding for NICTA. Minister, as the single largest NICTA hub in Australia is located in Canberra, can you confirm that this research institution's commonwealth funding will be discontinued in the 2015-16 financial year?

MR BARR: I am not in a position to confirm it. I would need to seek advice from the commonwealth government.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, why haven't you sought advice on this issue as this was released in the budget on Tuesday?

MR BARR: Because there are many things to follow up on following a commonwealth budget. We will be working through the detail of the budget, portfolio by portfolio, national partnership by national partnership, over the coming days and weeks.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, how many job cuts will this federal Labor initiative lead to, and what is the value of prospective commercialisation revenue forgone for the ACT?

MR BARR: The question is hypothetical, Madam Speaker.

MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what will you be doing to stop this federal government cut?

MR BARR: The question is hypothetical at this stage, Madam Speaker.

Schools—priority placement system

MRS JONES: My question is to the minister for education. The suburb of Rivett falls in a shared priority placement area for Chapman and Duffy preschools for preschool enrolments, and Coombs and Wright also fall in a shared priority placement area. Residents of Rivett who have gone to Chapman preschool to enrol have been turned away and told that Chapman residents get first priority. Duffy preschool has been able to accommodate Rivett preschool enrolments thus far, I believe, and residents for Coombs and Wright can enrol at Duffy or Curtin. What happens, minister, to children from Rivett when Duffy preschool is filled with children from Duffy? Do they have no school that will have to accept them?

MS BURCH: I thank Mrs Jones for her question. At the end of the question you became hard to hear. It was about where, as those new suburbs grow, those children come to enrol. Can you repeat that?

MADAM SPEAKER: Repeat the end of the question, please.


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