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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2013 Week 14 Hansard (26 November) . . Page.. 4194..


MADAM SPEAKER: Supplementary question, Mr Doszpot.

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, what assurances can you give to other families who believe that their concerns are not being listened to by authorities?

MS BURCH: I would just refer to the care and protection workers that each and every day do a fantastic job, to our community partners that each and every day do a fantastic job—

Mr Doszpot: Eleven times.

MS BURCH: Mr Doszpot, you have read something in the media. I have said to you that under the Children and Young People Act I cannot and will not come here and discuss individual matters. If you want—

Mr Doszpot: We are not asking for individual—

MS BURCH: If you want—

Mr Doszpot: We are not asking for individual—

MS BURCH: Well, you are.

MADAM SPEAKER: Order, Minister Burch, would you direct your answer through the chair, please.

MS BURCH: I have finished my answer, Madam Speaker.

Schools—registration

MR DOSZPOT: My question is to the minister for education. Minister, the review into approval processes for the registration of non-government schools suggests that you, parents and the wider community should be given greater assurance that each non-government school fully complies with all regulatory and legislative requirements through specifying the number of days they will be open. What evidence is there to suggest that a new non-government school might not open on the required number of days?

MS BURCH: I thank Mr Doszpot for his question. It was something that was brought to my attention through the two individuals that did the review, that the act does not actually prescribe the numbers of days, and they thought that it would be a useful addition to the act.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Doszpot?

MR DOSZPOT: Minister, why is it important to prescribe the number of days that a school must open?


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